Child Protection for the Autistic Child - A Resource
Are you a Parent/Carer with a Learning Difficulty?
Did you have learning support in school? Were you ever told by a health professional that you had a learning disability or autism? Do you have difficulty reading ?
If so please always make professionals aware that you may need independent support and time to understand what is being proposed and what options are available to you. Please do this even if you find it difficult or embarrassing and ask professionals to ensure that they follow the guidance set out in the documents listed below.
You are entitled to have an Advocate if you would like one to support you when you meet social workers and other professionals. Just ask your social worker to arrange this and ask that this request is recorded or write an email/have someone write an email on your behalf asking for an Advocate for you.
Transparency Project (2018) Vulnerable Clients and The Family Justice System
Family Rights Group (2013) Support for disabled parents and carers.
Working Together with Parents Network (2016) Update of the DoH/DfES Good practice guidance on working with parents with a learning disability.
Olsen R., Tyers H. (2004). Think Parent: Supporting Disabled Adults as Parents
NDTi (2017) Substance Misuse and People with Learning Disabilities: Making Reasonable Adjustments to Services.
Social Care Institute for Excellence (2017) Working Together to Support Disabled Families
The Website Parenting with a Learning Disability has a wide range of resources for parents with learning disabilities and their advocates.
See the President’s Guidance issued on 10th April 2018 relating to family proceedings and parents with learning disabilities.
See the 2017 UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ report on the UK's compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
See PHE (Updated 13 June 2018) Guidance, Learning disabilities: applying All Our Health
'Individuals regardless of their age, gender or label should receive care that is based on their unique needs, that is appropriate in its design and effective in its delivery'
See Child Protection Resource this post - Parents with Learning Disabilities/Difficulties
Also see page 'Easy Read'
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