The Keys to Life

The new learning disability strategy in Scotland was launched in June 2013.
It follows on from, and builds on the principles and successes of 'The same
as you?', the original review of service for people with a learning disability,
published in 2000.


Click on either the easy read or full documents to find out more about The Keys to Life.

The Keys to Life - Easy Read

The new learning disability strategy in Scotland was launched in June 2013.
It follows on from, and builds on the principles and successes of The same
as you?, the original review of service for people with a learning disability,
published in 2000.


Click on either the easy read or full documents to find out more about The Keys to Life.

Winterbourne Review

In May 2011, the BBC’s Panorama programme highlighted serious abuse and appalling standards of care at Winterbourne View, a private hospital for people with learning disabilities. These are reports that have been done for the Care Quality Commission since May.


To download the full or easy read reports, please click on attachments below.

Winterbourne Review - Easy Read

In May 2011, the BBC’s Panorama programme highlighted serious abuse and appalling standards of care at Winterbourne View, a private hospital for people with learning disabilities. These are reports that have been done for the Care Quality Commission since May.


To download the full or easy read reports, please click on attachments below.

Hidden in Plain Sight

The Equality Human Rights Commission has published a report called Hidden in Plain Sight. It tells us what their inquiry into disability-related harassment found. The full report and easy read versions are available below:-

Hidden in Plain Sight - Easy Read

The Equality Human Rights Commission has published a report called Hidden in Plain Sight. It tells us what their inquiry into disability-related harassment found. The full report and easy read versions are available below:-

The Same As You Evaluation

It has been more than 10 years since 'The same as you?' was published. The Scottish Government wants to find out what 'The same as you?' has achieved in 10 years and what needs to be done next. The Government put together a team of people to help them do this, including a member of People First Scotland, a family carer, people who work for the NHS and social work services, as well as Lisa and Chloe from SCLD. The same as you? 2000-2012: Consultation Report tells you about the main points the researchers found.

The Same As You Evaluation - Easy Read

It has been more than 10 years since 'The same as you?' was published. The Scottish Government wants to find out what 'The same as you?' has achieved in 10 years and what needs to be done next. The Government put together a team of people to help them do this, including a member of People First Scotland, a family carer, people who work for the NHS and social work services, as well as Lisa and Chloe from SCLD. The same as you? 2000-2012: Consultation Report tells you about the main points the researchers found.

Citizens' Grand Jury Report - People First (Scotland)

About the Citizens’ Grand Jury


The People First (Scotland) Citizens’ Grand Jury was held in Edinburgh City Chambers over two days on 26th and 27th January 2011. The event was entirely run by people with learning difficulties. The twelve people who made up the Jury itself were all members of People First (Scotland). During the two days, people with learning difficulties gave evidence about their own experiences and expert witnesses were asked questions about key issues in the lives of people with learning difficulties in Scotland today.

The aims of the event were:
• To learn from the experience of people with learning difficulties.
• To ask searching and challenging questions of other witnesses.


The Jury met a number of times after the two-day event to discuss all of the evidence and write up their findings.
The attachment below is the full report of what they found and what they recommend to make things better.

Commission on Future Delivery of Public Services Report

The Commission's Report builds on the growing pile of evidence that confirms the third sector has a vital and highly significant role to play in the future.


It contains many important recommendations on preventative asset-based approaches, procurement, working with communities of place and interest and streamlining public sector structures. If fully implemented, the wide-ranging 112 page document will make a major difference to the people of Scotland, especially the most vulnerable.


To view the report, please click on the attachment below:-

 

Communication and people with the most complex needs: What works and why this is essential

This guide was launched at the PMLD Network conference in 2010. It was commissioned by Mencap in partnership with the Department of Health, as part of the programme of work set out in Valuing People Now (in England) to ensure people with the most complex needs are included. It is written by Professor Juliet Goldbart from Manchester Metropolitan University, an expert in the field of communication and people with PMLD.


The guide is aimed at commissioners, to support them in commissioning support and services which meet the communication needs of people with the most complex needs. However, it will also be useful for family carers, frontline staff and people with a learning difficulty.


To view the guide, please click on an attachment below:-

Communication and people with the most complex needs: What works and why this is essential - Easy Read

This guide was launched at the PMLD Network conference in 2010. It was commissioned by Mencap in partnership with the Department of Health, as part of the programme of work set out in Valuing People Now (in England) to ensure people with the most complex needs are included. It is written by Professor Juliet Goldbart from Manchester Metropolitan University, an expert in the field of communication and people with PMLD.

The guide is aimed at commissioners, to support them in commissioning support and services which meet the communication needs of people with the most complex needs. However, it will also be useful for family carers, frontline staff and people with a learning difficulty.

To view the easy read guide, please click on an attachment below:-

Making Choices, Keeping Safe - NHS Lothian


NHS Lothian have updated their publication called Making Choices Keeping Safe. To view the latest version, click here, or see the attached document below.


This will be the sole location of the guidelines online, where they can be downloaded and/or printed from (no hard copies are available).  The idea behind this is that they can be amended and updated more easily going forward.

The Equality Act

The Equality Act came into force on 8 April 2010. Equality means that everyone should have the same chances to do what they want to do. Some people may need extra help to get the same chances.


To read information about the Act, please click on the attachment below:-

The Equality Act - Easy Read

The Equality Act came into force on 8 April 2010. Equality means that everyone should have the same chances to do what they want to do. Some people may need extra help to get the same chances.


To read the easy read version on information about the Act, please click on the attachment below:-

Responsible Reform

The authors of a report published on 9th January 2012 have studied the submissions to the DLA consultation and reveal evidence that the consultation for DLA did not meet the Government’s own Code of Practice. They also reveal that only 7% of the respondents to the consultation, supported it fully. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, produced one of over 450 responses, detailing objections to the proposed changes. Yet the government didn’t publish the submissions and went ahead any way.


The report is available below in standard or easy read formats.

Responsible Reform - Easy Read

To view the easy read version of this report, click the attachment below.

Welfare Reform Bill - Universal Credit

The welfare reform bill that incorporates the new Universal Credit got it’s second reading in the House of Lords on 13th September 2011. Once complete it then moves to the committee and report stages before the third reading and amendments to the bill.


The UK government says that this will make things simpler for people and will encourage people to work. Many people were worried about these changes. We have attached the full document and an easy read version so that you can look at these and find out more about the Universal Credit.

Welfare Reform Bill - Universal Credit - Easy Read

eSAY Statistics Release: Learning Disability Statistics Scotland 2013

The 2009 Statistic Release is now available for download. You can view the general statistics, statistics by local authority or the national statistics by clicking on the attachment below.

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