Working Together with Parents Network update of the DoH/DfES Good practice guidance on working with parents with a learning disability (2007)

University of Bristol. Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies
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Update of the 2007 DoH/DfES good practice guidance on how adult and children's services should work together to improve support to parents with a learning disability and their children. The updated guide includes reference to the Care Act 2014 and Care and Support Statutory Guidance, and contains additional resources in the appendices. As multi-agency working is a key aspect of good practice, the guidance is concerned with social care, health and education services and with the role of both statutory and independent sector services. The guidance is in three main sections. Section 1, looks at key features of good practice for both children’s and adult services, in working to support families affected by parental learning disability. It highlights five key features: accessible information and communication; clear and co-ordinated referral and assessment procedures and processes, eligibility criteria and care pathways; support designed to meet the needs of parents and children based on assessments of their needs and strengths; long-term support where necessary; and access to independent advocacy. Section 2, covers good practice where safeguarding procedures are necessary, including promoting children's best interests and ensuring equitable treatment for parents with learning disabilities. Section 3, covers good practice in commissioning. It includes information on identifying needs, allocating resources, developing services, and monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of service responses. (Edited publisher abstract)

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joint working, commissioning, good practice, parents with learning disabilities, safeguarding children, interagency cooperation, childrens services, adult social care, needs assessment;
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practice guidance
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