Working Together with Parents Network

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 needs. 

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 life together.
  • To be the voice of professionals working with parents with a learning disability, coordinating a UK-wide network for sharing positive practice.

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.