going mainstream: improving access to counselling services
Contrary to popular belief, there is growing evidence that people with learning disability can benefit from counselling. Helen Palmer (pictured) describes a project in Devon that aims to open up such services to people have been abused
The Devon County Council Adult Protection Committee report (2006) identified people with learning disability as the second largest group of people at risk of abuse – in fact, in the year running up to the project, 42 per cent of the committee’s referrals involved people with a learning disability. ‘Abuse’ is taken to include physical, sexual, psychological, financial, discrimination, neglect or bullying, in accordance with No Secrets (Department of Health (DH) 2000)
Learning Disability Practice.
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