The Lonely Society?

According to a new report released by the Mental Health Foundation, relationships that are vital to health and well-being are under threat by modern life, which can isolate people from one another and lead to loneliness. UK-wide research carried out for The Lonely Society? shows that one in ten people often feel lonely (11%) and half think that people are getting lonelier in general (48%).


The report says the way in which people now live is impacting on their ability to connect with others. More people live alone: the percentage of households occupied by one person doubled from 6% in 1972 to 12% in 2008. The divorce rate has almost doubled in the past 50 years and the number of lone parent households is rising. People are living longer but many older people are doing so alone. Because of people pursuing careers and education opportunities, many now live further away from their families and the communities they grew up in. Figures show that one in three people would like to live closer to their family to see them more often (35%).


Old-style communities are in decline and the closure of local amenities such as post offices and working men's clubs have had an impact on people for whom they were a focal point, particularly those living on the margins of society and vulnerable to loneliness, such as the elderly, people out of work or those living with a disability.


To read the full report click on the document below.

My Heart Is Always Where He Is

This research was conducted by Jane Hubert. It was published in the British Journal of Learning Disability in 2010.


Little research has focussed on the perspectives of families caring for someone with severe or profound intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. The main aim of this research was to gain understanding of the experiences and perspectives of families, especially mothers, of young people with these complex needs, including attitudes to long-term residential care.


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'I don't want to be the mother of a paedophile'

‘I don’t want to be the mother of a paedophile’: the perspectives of mothers whose adolescent sons with learning disabilities sexually offend by Jane Hubert, Margaret Flynn, Leanne Nicholls and Sheil Hollins was published in 2007.


The subject of sexual abuse is a major focus of professional and public concern. Sexual abuse of (and by) people with learning disabilities evokes even greater disquieting emotions, and makes severe demands on the social services, and the criminal justice system. The aims of the project were:


1) to determine whether group psychotherapy produced effective outcomes for adolescent boys with learning disabilities who exhibit sexually abusive behaviour,
2) to explore the perspectives of parents and other caregivers,and
3) to document the nature and extent of service support to families.


This paper focuses solely on the mothers’ perspectives. This was a three-year project with six boys (under 16) receiving group psychotherapy, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Clinical measures were used to track changes throughout the course of psychotherapy. Semi-structured interviews (taped and transcribed) were held (separately) with the boys, their parents, paid care-givers and the therapists. The mothers tried hard to make sense of, and come to terms with, what was happening to their sons and to themselves, they struggled to reconcile their own confused and often conflicting emotions, and to maintain their own sense of identity. They felt almost totally unsupported by the services, both in the past and present, and could see little hope for the future. There is an urgent need for development of effective and sympathetic services for the parents of boys with learning disabilities who have been abused, and who are now showing abusive behaviour.


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Powers of Attorney and Their Safeguards

Mr and Mrs D, a Scottish couple who have learning difficulties, faced years of mistreatment because their local authority failed to act to protect them. A new report by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland calls for a local authority to apologise for failing to intervene to protect Mr and Mrs D, despite evidence of financial and emotional abuse at the hands of a family member. The council held many documented concerns about the family member, who had power of attorney for the couple’s finances and welfare.


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Powers of Attorney and Their Safeguards - Easy Read

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