Community Care, no.1377, 2001, p.24-25.
Looks at existing accommodation provision for people with learning difficulties and considers how services may develop in the light of the Valuing People white paper. Supported living schemes are being widely used as an alternative to residential care.
Community Living, vol.14, Apr./May 2001, p.22-23.
Describes the work of Eve Rank, the only Disability Rights Commissioner with learning difficulties.
N Stanley and J Manthorpe
Journal of Social Work, vol.1, 2001, p.77-99.
Article examines the findings of a series of mental health inquiry reports published in the UK during the 1990s, and identifies implications for social workers operating in the field of mental health. These inquiry reports have been influential in determining the shape of both services and new legislation. They also delivered messages concerning practice both in terms of interprofessional communication and co-ordination and regarding direct work with service users.
Managing Community Care, vol.9, June 2001, p.3-6.
The Learning Disabilities White Paper presents service providers with three challenges:
Disability and Society, vol.16, 2001, p.501-510.
Article discusses the influence of the social model of disability on services for people with profound and complex learning difficulties, and looks at how practice which draws on a social model differs from that which is influenced by an individual or medical model. Draws on the findings of a small scale interpretative research study to illuminate these questions. Concludes that the social model can and does positively contribute to some practice and that it should be taught to all providers of services for this group.
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Care, vol.4, 2001, p.330-331.
Article outlines Standard Four of the National Service Framework for Mental Health: effective services for people with severe mental illness.
Community Practitioner, vol.74, 2001, p.217-221.
Discusses the Millan review of the Mental Health Act (Scotland). Article focuses on proposals for reform of the role of the community psychiatric nurse, the need for improved funding for community mental health services, and the requirement for an operational protocol to improve local needs assessments.
A Holman, D Towell and S Aspis
Community Living, vol.14, Apr./May 2001, Supplement, 4p.
Summarises and presents a critique of the proposals contained in the White Paper on Learning Disabilities, Valuing People. Argues that the White Paper fails to address the issue of support for self-determination, which would be the best way of reducing poverty and social exclusion among people with learning difficulties.