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 exists is threatened by the current
financial climate, lack of consideration of parents' needs in
policy and by professionals' lack of awareness of parents' support
This project will bring about positive change for parents with a
learning disability and their families over 3 years.
This project is working with key stakeholders from mainstream
and family services to work towards a common vision and joint ways
of working with parents with a learning disability.
In Wales the project has 4 strategic objectives:
- Influence legislation, policies and practice development that
affect parents with a learning disability.
- Work at practitioner level with the legal sector and mainstream
universal children and family services to promote awareness of how
to work effectively with parents with a learning disability.
- Build the evidence base for, and promote the dissemination of,
effective policies and practices that support the rights of parents
with a learning disability and of their children to a safe family
- To be the voice of professionals working with parents with a
learning disability, coordinating a UK-wide network for sharing
The project is run in partnership with
The Working Together with Parents Network is funded by
the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. We are
grateful to the Baring Foundation for funding the network
in earlier stages.