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Personal experience and perception of abuse in people with intellectual disabilities

Authors:
LEUTAR Zdravka, VITLOV Josipa, LEUTAR Ivan
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 18(3), 2014, pp.249-269.
Publisher:
Sage
Place of publication:
London

This article presents a qualitative study designed to gain insight into personal experience and perception of abuse in people with intellectual disabilities. Ten members of the organization for people with intellectual disabilities in Zadar, Croatia, who have a diagnosis of light or moderate intellectual disability, were included in the research. Analysis of responses showed that most participants had experienced psychological, physical and financial abuse. The most frequent perpetrators of abuse were identified by participants as friends, acquaintances and volunteer carers. Typical sites for the experience of abuse were school, social clubs/support institutions, the street and the urban environment. Most participants seek assistance and support in cases of abuse through discussion with their loved ones, mostly their parents and friends. In addition to such informal relationships, some participants mentioned the importance of formal forms of support. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

Helping to keep safe

Authors:
CRONIN Peter, PEYTON Liam
Journal article citation:
Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 6(6), 2012, pp.291-292.
Publisher:
Emerald

This short paper considers risk from the perspective of people with learning disabilities. The two men narrating their experiences are members of a London-based Tuesday Group which helps people understand about good mental health and staying well. They are both independent but do need some outreach support. The paper explores issues around the risk of unwanted attention and keeping safe when going and how being members of this group has supported them in managing the risks they might face.

Journal article

Vulnerability and protection talk: systemic therapy process with people with intellectual disability

Authors:
POTE Helen, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 36(2), June 2011, pp.105-117.
Publisher:
Informa Healthcare

There is significant clinical and theoretical interest in the concepts of vulnerability and protection for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and the authors believe that it is important that these issues are addressed in therapy. This study explores the processes by which these concepts were discussed in systemic family therapy sessions. Four videotapes of systemic therapy sessions were evaluated using a qualitative design, incorporating thematic and conversation analysis. The videotapes were drawn from systemic therapy sessions with 3 families with an adult with ID. Vulnerability and protection themes were identified within the therapeutic conversations, including: protection from the disability and its consequences; protection from peers, siblings, and the world at large; and protection from emotionally sensitive topics. Protective strategies were used by all system members throughout the therapy process; key strategies were topic switch and reversals. The authors conclude that clinical practice could be enhanced if therapists reflect on the strategies they employ in addressing protection effectively.

Digital Media

Abuse: tell someone

Authors:
COLLIS Anne, (Producer)
Publisher:
Learning Disability Wales
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
DVD
Place of publication:
Cardiff

This interactive DVD has been developed to inform people with learning disabilities across Wales about protecting themselves from harm and abuse. Contents includes information on rights and keeping safe from harm, information outlining what abuse is, and what to do if abuse happens to you or someone you know. The DVD includes a short documentary about abuse, five interactive dramas, a quiz game and an easy to read leaflet. Funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, the DVD is the result of a joint project between All Wales People First, Learning Disability Wales, Mencap Cymru and Caerphilly Social Services.

Digital Media

Jake's justice

Authors:
SUNNY ARTS, (Producer)
Publisher:
Practitioner Alliance Against Abuse of Vulnerable Adults
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
DVD
Place of publication:
Ryde

This film is about the sexual abuse of a man with learning disabilities in a care home. The events portrayed in the film highlight the importance of responding quickly and appropriately to signs and signals around adult abuse. The film and accompanying guidance notes are designed as a learning tool to raise the awareness of anyone who may come into contact with people with learning disabilities, whether in a health or social care setting. An important issue that is considered is the right of vulnerable people to have equal access to the criminal justice system.

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Safeguarding adults with learning disabilities: information for partnership boards

Author:
CARE SERVICES IMPROVEMENT PARTNERSHIP. Valuing People Support Team
Publisher:
Care Services Improvement Partnership. Valuing People Support Team
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
37p.
Place of publication:
London

The Department of Health have brought out a new Good Practice Guidance on Commissioning Specialist Adult Learning Disability Health Services. There is a new information pack to help people who are members of Partnership Boards to better protect adults with learning disabilities in the communities in which they live.

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Safeguarding adults with learning disabilities: keeping people safe: easy read summary

Author:
CARE SERVICES IMPROVEMENT PARTNERSHIP. Valuing People Support Team
Publisher:
Care Services Improvement Partnership. Valuing People Support Team
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
12p.
Place of publication:
London

Easy read summary of a new Good Practice Guidance on Commissioning Specialist Adult Learning Disability Health Services. There is a new information pack to help people who are members of Partnership Boards to better protect adults with learning disabilities in the communities in which they live

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"No fear as long as we work together"

Authors:
SOCIAL WORK INSPECTION AGENCY, MENTAL WELFARE COMMISSION FOR SCOTLAND
Publisher:
Social Work Inspection Agency
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
150p.

This report details the follow up joint inspection of Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders by the Social Work Inspection Agency and the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland. The focus on the inspection is to verify the implementation of their action plan for services for people with learning disabilities. The action plan itself is the response to the Social Work Services Inspectorate and Mental Welfare Commission Reports (May 2004) into the abuse of a number of vulnerable adults with learning disabilities in the Scottish borders region.

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Keys to partnership: working together to make a difference in people's lives: summary version

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Department of Health
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department of Health
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
40p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This document aims to provide practical ideas and suggestions on developing partnerships in adult services for people with learning disabilities. Much of the content will also be of relevance to children's services. Local learning disability partnerships must be developed within the context of the overall national policy framework for partnership.

Journal article

'A counterfeit friendship': mate crime and people with learning disabilities

Author:
LANDMAN Roderick Andrew
Journal article citation:
Journal of Adult Protection, 16(6), 2014, pp.355-366.
Publisher:
Emerald

Purpose: Offers an introduction to the recently recognised phenomenon of 'mate crime' as it affects people with learning disabilities. It looks at how concerns arose, considers what may make people with learning disabilities particularly susceptible, and proposes a provisional definition of “mate crime”. Design/methodology/approach: The paper draws on the author's own project work, and reviews the extant research literature on 'disablist' hate crime to examine the extent to which so-called “mate crime” has been both explicitly and implicitly identified and analysed in the literature. Findings: The literature review indicates that 'mate crime' has not been explicitly identified in any scholarly research to date, either under that or any other name. Crimes that we might label as 'mate crimes' have, however, appeared in more general literature concerning the experiences of people with disabilities in general, and as victims of crime. Social implications: Despite a lack of firm data there is sufficient in the literature, combined with increasing anecdotal evidence and case studies, to suggest that people with learning disabilities are particularly susceptible to 'mate crime', and are being targeted by perpetrators. Increasing independence and reduced service provision are likely to increase the risks. The author argues that mate crime differs significantly from other manifestations of hate crime and abuse, and needs to be conceptualised, analysed and handled differently. (Edited publisher abstract)

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