In 2016, on behalf of the Scottish Government, SCLD commissioned the University of Strathclyde to conduct a scoping exercise to map out services for parents with learning disabilities across Scotland.
On November 17th, the findings from this report were presented by the authors Dr Ailsa Stewart and Dr Gillian MacIntyre, at an event at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. The Scottish Government fully accepted the findings and recommendations in the report Supporting Parents with Learning Disabilities in Scotland: Challenges and Opportunities
You can read the key findings from the report here.
Following the publication of this report, a Parenting Task Group was convened to take forward the report’s recommendations. This group first met on 31st January 2017. It is chaired by Clare Simpson, Director of Parenting Across Scotland.
This group previously existed with a different remit: to identify ways to improve the early identification of parents with learning disabilities that might need extra support, and to improve access to those supports. The group agreed to adapt its remit to develop and promote the implementation of the report recommendations. The objectives of the Parenting Task Group are to:
- Influence national policy and practice in terms of supporting parents with learning disabilities
- Propose actions to implement the recommendations of the report
- Support the development of strategic alliances across Scotland and beyond to achieve the recommendations in the report
- Inform Scottish Government’s thinking about the future support needs of parents with a learning disability
You will be able to read progress made against each of the recommendations here. You can also read updates on the activities of the Task Group here.
To find out more about the report or if you have any questions, please contact Andy Miller, Policy and Implementation Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0141 248 3733.