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Journal article

Research unpacked: damage limitation

Authors:
HESLOP Pauline, MACAULAY Fiona
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 10(1), January 2010, pp.16-18.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

This article describes a study which looked at how people with learning disabilities who self-injure make sense of their self-injury and what they say would help most. Twenty-five people with learning disabilities and personal experience of self-injury took part in 1 to 4 research interviews between 2006 and 2008. All the participants were able to describe examples of circumstances leading up to their self-injury. These included external factors over which the participant had little control such as not being listened to, interpersonal factors such as being bullied, and internal factors caused for example by particular thoughts or memories. The participants identified the feelings they experienced before self-injuring, the most common being angry, sad, depressed, low, frustrated, or wound up. Over three-quarters of the participants considered that having someone to talk to who would listen to them would help, and also wanted someone to help look after their injuries. Being encouraged not to self-injure was considered helpful by some and unhelpful by others. The article concludes that the results challenge existing practice which considers that nothing can be done, and indicate the need to work with each person individually to help them use coping strategies. Creating conditions where people with learning disabilities have choice and control over their lives is also important.

Digital Media

Getting better

Authors:
LEEDS ANIMATION WORKSHOP, (Producer)
Publisher:
Leeds Animation Workshop
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
(11 mins.), DVD
Place of publication:
Leeds

Six short animated stories about people with learning disabilities who also have mental health problems. The films shows how people with learning disabilities need to stand up for themselves to get fair treatment and in order to look after their health. It also shows what to expect when visiting the doctor's, the clinic or visit the dentist. A booklet is included.

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Making it work

Authors:
KEYNSHAM NETWORK, LEWIS Michael, (Producers)
Publisher:
Your Say advocacy
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
DVD
Place of publication:
Bristol

This DVD tells the employment stories of 9 people with learning disabilities and their employers. It has been produced to encourage employers to think about giving people with learning disabilities a fair chance to get paid employment. The Keynsham Network, a forum for people with learning disabilities, were involved in the filming and editing of the DVD.

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Prosecution of offenders with mental health problems or learning disabilities

Authors:
MAGILL Christine, RIVERS Vanessa
Publisher:
Great Britain. Crown Prosecution Service
Publication year:
2010
Place of publication:
London

In November 2009, the Health and Criminal Justice Programme Board published its National Delivery Plan (NDP), which incorporates a full Government response to the recommendations of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the Criminal Justice System. It sets out a strategic framework and five cross-departmental objectives. The latter are underpinned with key deliverables for relevant Government Departments, including the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Key findings suggest that the CPS should continue to take forward work with the police to improve the completeness of monitoring data on the disability of offenders. CPS Areas should continue to deliver training locally, using a nationally agreed package, to their prosecutors as required. CPS Areas should consider establishing contact and fostering better links with local Primary Care Trusts, to increase awareness of criminal justice needs and to facilitate prosecutors' understanding of the nature of local services. Also, The CPS should revisit its guidance to see if there is scope more clearly to set out the circumstances when it would be appropriate to issue a Conditional Caution in cases involving mentally disordered offenders.

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Stop hate crime: learning together training pack

Authors:
INCLUSION NORTH, BETER DAYS, COAST 2 COAST
Publisher:
Inclusion North
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
38p.
Place of publication:
Leeds

This easy reading training pack is designed to help people with learning disabilities put on training events about disability hate crime. There are 4 parts of the training course: what is hate crime and what does it do to people’s lives; what does hate crime feel like; how can we help people to report hate crime and support them after the crime; and how can everyone work together to make things better? The pack presents a potential itinerary and layout for courses, provides talking points, and presents ideas on how to report hate crime to the authorities.

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Joint position statement on carers with learning disabilities from the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Crossroads Care, Mencap, the National Family Carer Network, Who Cares for Us? and Respond

Authors:
PRINCESS ROYAL TRUST FOR CARERS, CROSSROADS CARE
Publisher:
Princess Royal Trust for Carers
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
Woodford Green

This easy read joint position statement was created to help organisations who help carers with learning disabilities to work better together and to help other people to understand the lives of carers with learning disabilities. Using brief bullet points the statement describes what a carer with a learning disability is; explains why it is difficult to know how many carers with learning disabilities there are; what they want; how they could be better supported; and the organisations that currently support them.

Journal article

Focus groups with people with learning disabilities

Authors:
KAEHNE Axel, O'CONNELL Clare
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 14(2), June 2010, pp.133-145.
Publisher:
Sage
Place of publication:
London

This article begins by commenting on the role of focus groups in qualitative research. It then reviews the current literature on focus groups in learning disability research and provides an overview of four aspects that may impact on the usefulness of the focus group method with respondents with learning disabilities.

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Getting good support: report of a survey

Authors:
PONTING Lisa, et al
Publisher:
Norah Fry Research Centre
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
9p.
Place of publication:
Bristol

This is an easy-read summary of a report of a survey of people with learning disabilities who get one to one support from a personal assistant. The survey was completed and return by 59 people, most of whom had a direct payment.

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A host of opportunities: second NHSN survey of family based short break schemes for children and adults with intellectual and other disabilities in the Republic of Ireland

Author:
HANRAHAN Des
Publisher:
National Home-sharing and Short Breaks Network
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
70p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Mullingar

The National Home-Sharing and Short Breaks Network is an association which supports the use, promotion and provision of host family based services for Irish citizens with intellectual disability, physical disability and autism. While the majority of respite services are centre based, the family-based model of providing short breaks to people with disabilities involves recruiting approved individuals, couples and families who agree to provide personalised breaks in their own homes as an alternative to traditional residential respite. In this report the terms short breaks with volunteer host families or paid contract families, and home sharing provided by host families are used in place of respite care and residential care respectively.  The report describes the methodology for the questionnaire based survey of 30 schemes, run by 12 separate organisations, that provided overnight breaks with host families. It presents information from the survey about the hosts, the guests, and other issues. It concludes with a discussion of the findings, and makes recommendations for policy makers, managers and further research.

Book

Living your life: the sex education and personal development resource for people with learning difficulties and disabilities

Authors:
CRAFT Ann, BUSTARD Sarah, STEWART David S.
Publisher:
Brook
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
366p.
Place of publication:
London
Edition:
3rd ed.

This updated, 366 page ring-bound resource is aimed at all adults who work with young people with learning difficulties whether in specialist or mainstream schools. It offers guidance on preparing a series of sex education and sexual relationship lessons and has been tested with young people and adults with learning difficulties and staff working in education, health and social care settings. The resource provides lesson plans, starting with ground rules and scene-setting for the learning group, and includes line-drawn illustrations that can be photocopied. It addresses human physical development and maturation, emotions, relationships and social interaction, sexual expression and sexuality, including sexual intercourse and masturbation, privacy and toilets, and sexual health and staying safe. The authors aim to provide a logical, accessible and gentle path through what they suggest can be a minefield.

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