Health & Social Care
Working with People who have Learning Disabilities

Participants will have a basic knowledge and understanding of Learning Disabilities, associated conditions and how these may affect their service users.

Participants will gain a clear understanding of their job role, and the underpinning values.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how beliefs, attitudes and assumptions of others can impact on the individual who has a learning disability
  • Describe the potential causes of learning disabilities
  • Demonstrate an awareness of support strategies available
  • Explain the importance of following the individual’s care/support plan
  • State the importance of appropriate professional boundaries
  • Demonstrate knowledge of risk management issues
  • Discuss how the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and DoLS safeguard the rights of people who have learning disabilities

One Day.

This course should be run for groups of up to 16.

Staff who support or care for adults and young people who have learning disabilities.

The contents of this course will incorporate issues of equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice to assist participants in understanding and challenging all forms of discrimination 

  • The Social & Medical models
  • Working in partnership with people as unique individuals
  • Valuing the person and treating them with dignity and respect
  • What is a learning disability
  • Co-existing conditions
  • Communication strategies
  • Positive Risk management, Professional Boundaries, & consistency of approach
  • monitoring & reviewing
  • The legal implications of providing care or support to people who lack capacity
  • Interrelation between the Mental Health Act (1983), (2007), the Mental Capacity Act (2005), DoLS (2008) and the Court of Protection
  • The role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)
  • Recording/reporting
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Working with People who have Learning Disabilities