1 April 2020 – 31 March 2023. Part of our 21st Century People project, funded by Welsh Government


Parents with a learning disability and their children experience significant discrimination and disadvantage. While there is established positive practice in supporting these parents, provision is still poor.

The good practice that does exist is threatened by the current financial climate, lack of consideration of parents’ needs in policy and a lack of awareness by professionals of the specific support needs of parents with a learning disability. All of these factors contribute to an unacceptably high percentage of families where one or more parents has a learning disability having their children removed by social services.

We aim to change this situation in Wales by influencing the development and implementation of relevant legislation, policies and practices that directly or indirectly affect parents with a learning disability.

Mother holding newborn baby

In order to achieve this, we facilitate network meetings in both North and South Wales for parents and professionals to share experiences, ideas and good practice. We also promote positive practice across Wales to parents, professionals and practitioners and raise awareness of the specific needs of parents with a learning disability.

For more information on our work with parents with a learning disability please contact Sam Williams, email samantha.williams@ldw.org.uk.