Working with parents with learning disabilities

10.45-12.00


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.

Speaker:

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

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