Good practice in parenting support: a joint education and service improvement project
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Good practice in parenting support: a joint education and service improvement project

Nicky Genders Head of the Care Sciences School, University of South Wales
Heather Crozier Community learning disability nurses, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Sarah Morris Community learning disability nurses, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Nicky Genders and colleagues describe how collaboration between professionals improved their focus on helping parents with learning disabilities

A growing number of people with learning disabilities are becoming parents, and many of them risk having their children removed from their care.

It is difficult to establish how many parents have a learning disability because definitions are hard to apply and many people do not have this label attributed to them until they access health and social services. People with learning disabilities often find that becoming a parent exposes them to services where their disability is presumed to be an automatic barrier to parenting. This article sets out the design, delivery and results of a joint education and practice project that took place from November 2012 to November 2013 between De Montfort University and the Leicestershire Partnership Trust.

The project focused on assessing and supporting parents with learning disabilities, and finding, disseminating and publishing good practice examples locally and nationally. It inspired collaboration between a number of organisations and highlighted the importance of a multidisciplinary approach.

Learning Disability Practice. 18, 7,36-40. doi: 10.7748/ldp.18.7.36.e1651

Correspondence

nicky.genders@southwales.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 26 March 2015

Accepted: 02 July 2015