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Family life is both a human right and an enormous challenge.  The keys to life recognises this by prioritising effective supports for parents with learning disabilities.

SCLD has been involved in promoting better support for parents with learning disabilities for over a decade.  The Working Together With Parents Network provides support, information and access to resources to practitioners across Scotland, England and Wales.  You can find out all about the work of the Network (including information on how to join) here.

In 2016 SCLD commissioned The University of Strathclyde to scope out services for parents with learning disabilities.  This report – Supporting Parents With Learning Disabilities in Scotland: Challenges and Opportunities – contained a number of recommendations to improve the support parents receive.  A Task Group was set up to develop an Implementation Plan and to monitor progress towards delivering the Plan.  You can read the report and get more information on the work of the Task group here.

In 2015, using Scottish Government’s Keys to life Development Fund, SCLD funded a number of organisations to deliver innovative projects that should be both sustainable and transferable to other areas.  These projects were delivered under four themes, one of which was Parenting.  Five local projects were funded under this theme.

In order to help other organisations learn from the work of these projects, SCLD published a How to… Guide for each one.  These short Guides describe the work of each project, the outcomes they achieved, and list top tips for anyone looking to replicate or adapt their work.  You can read the five Parenting How to… Guides here.

Parenting report

Supporting Parents with Learning Disabilities: Challenges and Opportunities

Supporting Parents with Learning Disabilities easyread version

Task Group

Parenting Task Group

Working Together with Parents Network

Find out more and join the network

How To Guide – Parenting

Read the parenting report