Safe internet access for service users
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Safe internet access for service users

Glenn Batey Community nurse in the forensic learning disability service, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Helen Waine Assistant psychologist in the integrated community learning disability team, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Roseberry Park Hospital, Middlesbrough

Glenn Batey and Helen Waine explore vulnerable people’s access to the internet and social networking sites, and why staff should acquire ‘digital professionalism’

People with learning disabilities have historically been marginalised from mainstream society, and have had limited choice and control over their lives. While movements to achieve greater equality have had success, the rapid advancement of modern technology risks creating a new form of digital exclusion. This article explores relevant issues that affect people with learning disabilities, and suggests that there may be a delicate balance between becoming a victim or perpetrator of crime while online. It also discusses the potential challenges that professionals have to overcome when promoting safe and inclusive internet access, and identifies implications for practice.

Learning Disability Practice. 18, 3, 16-20. doi: 10.7748/ldp.18.3.16.e1613


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 November 2014

Accepted: 20 February 2015

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