Working with parents with learning disabilities


Parents who have learning disabilities are disproportionately represented in care proceedings, and around 40% do not live with their children. This session will cover:

  • Challenging assumptions about the parenting capacity of parents with learning disabilities and their ability to be good parents with the right support.
  • Building relationships with parents and overcoming understandable fears that accessing support will lead to child protection action.
  • How children’s and adults’ services should work together to support families where one or both parents have a learning disability.
  • The importance of addressing and tackling the wider issues facing many parents with learning disabilities, including poverty, discrimination, poor mental health or domestic abuse.


Nadine Tilbury, policy officer and senior research associate, University of Bristol

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