Page 1: Who are we and what are we trying to find out?

The Working Together with Parents Network supports professionals working with parents with learning difficulties and learning disabilities, and their children. Any professional working in any way with parents with learning difficulties is welcome to join us. Membership is free.  (We use the term learning difficulties - LD -  to include parents with a diagnosed learning disability and those with a milder impairment).

We would like your help.  We would like to know about:

  • how the Good Practice Guidance (GPG) is being used in your local areas
  • whether your area has a local policy/protocol for working with parents with a learning difficulty/disability
  • if the courts in your area appear to be aware of the Good Practice Guidance. 

We are also trying to set up a regional directory of services. With your consent, the name of your service, the type of support provided and the service’s contact details would be shared on the Working Together with Parents Network website. This information will also help local authorities with their statutory duty (section 4, Care Act 2014) to provide information and advice.

The information you provide will also be beneficial in the following ways in England, Scotland and Wales:

England

We are updating the  English Good Practice Guidance on Working with parents with a learning disability (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/sps/documents/wtpn/2016%20WTPN%20UPDATE%20OF%20THE%20GPG%20-%20finalised%20with%20cover.pdf ).

Scotland

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) will be refreshing the 2015 GPG soon (https://www.scld.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Supported_Parenting_web.pdf), to reflect recent legislative and policy changes in Scotland. Being able to provide new examples of good practice, will help to embed those changes.

Wales

Wales doesn’t currently have any good practice guidance/guidelines.  We are aware that there is good practice in working with parents with learning difficulties happening in Wales.  It would be great if professionals in Wales could complete the survey as having up-to-date information about practice in Wales will strengthen the call for production of Guidelines in Wales.

We are also seeking to find out if the issue of ‘substituted parenting’ is being raised in your area.  This is when it is argued that a support plan for a parent involves too much time/too many staff so that the parent will not be doing the parenting, and this will be harmful for the child.  This is an issue that we really want to tackle.