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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.

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Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Executive
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive
Publication year:
2000
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

Information about The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, which provides ways to manage the financial and welfare affairs of people who are unable to manage them for themselves. Suitable for professionals and lay people.

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.

Book

E-learning for adults with learning difficulties

Author:
JACOBSEN Yola
Publisher:
National Institute for Adult Continuing Education
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
61p.
Place of publication:
Leicester

This practical guide explores the ways in which digital technologies can be harnessed to improve the experiences of learners with learning difficulties. It shows how to use ICT in teaching and learning to help learners have more control over their learning environment, increase motivation and involvement, support choice-making and communication skills, and learn skills for everyday life. Written with the needs of tutors in mind, it will be a great help to anyone working in Adult and Community Education settings, in discrete groups or in integrated provision.

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Justice denied: a summary of our investigation into the care and treatment of Ms A

Author:
MENTAL WELFARE COMMISSION FOR SCOTLAND
Publisher:
Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
8p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

Ms A is a 67 year old woman with a learning disability who has been in the care of the local authority since she was eight years old. This investigation into Ms A’s care was initiated in September 2006, after the Mental Welfare Commission was contacted by a housing association who were concerned about her vulnerability. They said Ms A had reported being raped. When they contacted the police, they discovered that similar assaults were alleged to have taken place previously. The housing association said that the social work department had not informed them of Ms A’s history of assaults and her related vulnerability. A key motivation for the investigation was the conviction that the circumstances surrounding Ms A’s experiences are not unique. Several recommendations are made that identify ways in which the Scottish Government, NHS Boards, social work departments, police, and professional regulatory bodies could improve our protective and judicial responses to people with a learning disability.

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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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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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"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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The Government's annual report on learning disability 2005: valuing people: making things better

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Department of Health
Publisher:
Stationery Office
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
54p.
Place of publication:
London

The Government has to give Parliament a report on learning disability each year. This is the third report since Valuing People

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Behind closed doors: preventing sexual abuse against adults with a learning disability

Authors:
MENCAP, RESPOND, VOICE UK
Publisher:
MENCAP
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
28p.
Place of publication:
London

The report claims that abuse may be as much as four times higher for people with learning difficulties compared to the rest of the population. But it is estimated that out of around 1,400 cases of sex abuse each year only one per cent ever reach conviction.

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