learning disabilities

Adults with learning disabilities implementation of 'The same as you?' Scotland 2006

National figures for services provided by local authorities in Scotland for adults with learning disabilities are presented. All figures for 2006 relate to the week ending 10 September 2006 and are provisional. This publication is a result of The same as you? review of services for people with learning disabilities, published in May 2000. Its 29 recommendations for developing learning disability services set out a programme for change over 10 years.

Vulnerable defendants in the criminal courts : a review of provision for adults and children

Report looking at the treatment of vulnerable defendants, both children and adults, in the criminal courts of England and Wales. It assesses existing provision for both groups of vulnerable defendants, identifies gaps in provision and makes recommendations to fill those gaps.

Living from day to day : a research project on older family carers of people with learning disabilities

Report of a study which looked into the experiences, views and attitudes of older family carers who are living with and caring for adult relatives with learning disabilities with a view to finding out how local services can be more responsive to this group.

An introduction to the Adults with Incapacity Act

Factsheet giving a concise introduction to the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and a step-by-step flowchart to help people follow the five basic principles of the Act when deciding whether or not to use the legislation.

Disabled prisoners: a short thematic review on the care and support of prisoners with a disability

The National Offender Management Service is subject to the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. This thematic report draws together information from prisoner surveys and inspection reports between 2006 and 2008, together with responses from 82 prison disability liaison officers (DLOs), to examine how well prisons are currently able to discharge these duties. Areas covered include: environment and relationships; safety; health services; activities; and resettlement. The report makes a number of recommendations.

Health Action Planning and Health Facilitation for people with learning disabilities: good practice guidance

The purpose of this guidance is to describe and clarify good practice in health facilitation and health action planning and support localities to make progress on this and on reducing health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities. It builds on previous DH guidance and reflects the learning that has taken place since 2002 along with key recommendations of relevant recent reports and research. Short examples of good practice are included throughout.

Recommendations for telling parents that their baby has Down's syndrome

This resource provides guidelines and recommendations for medical staff when breaking the news to parents that their baby has Down's Syndrome.

A hospital or a home? Findings from themed visits to NHS and private sector wards for people with learning disabilities

The Commission undertook a themed visit to all learning disability in-patient units during the 2007-08 visiting programme. The Commission visited 39 facilities across Scotland from 25 October to 7 November 2007. Prior to the visits, health boards were asked to provide some information about the wards in their areas.

Staff were asked a series of questions about the people living in the ward on the day of the visit and about how care and treatment was provided. Commission staff met with individual patients and some relatives and carers.

SCIE Guide 8: Adult placements and person-centred approaches

Adult placements are not a new idea. For centuries, vulnerable people haven been cared for by people other than their family in their homes. But it wasn't until the 1970s and early 1980s however, that adult placement schemes, as an organised service, really took off in the UK. The guide has been developed to inform future guidance for local authority commissioners. It identifies relevant national minimum standards and highlights findings and case examples from the practice survey, as well as from the literature where available.