Social Media

As a charity supporting people with learning disabilities we are acutely aware of the many pressures families and care professionals are facing, particularly in a climate of funding cuts and increasing costs. To get under the skin of these issues and better understand them from a staff and parent’s perspective,…
The deadline for nominations to the 2016 Autism Professionals Awards has been extended to Friday 13 November 2015. The National Autistic Society (NAS) event aims to encourage good autism practice by recognising individuals and services who are making a difference to people on the autism spectrum and their families, or…
Campaigners and leading health experts have welcomed plans to close some specialist units for people with learning disabilities. The move, announced by NHS England, the Local Government Association (LGA), and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), marks a step change in the treatment of people who rely…
The only NHS hospital in Britain that specialises in learning disabilities is to be closed down as part of a review following the Winterbourne View care home abuse scandal. NHS England announced the closure of 223 beds at Calderstones hospital, which is based in the Lancashire village of Whalley in…
A new initiative to help 75 unemployed or economically inactive people start a career in social care has been launched in Northern Ireland. The 'Getting Started' training programme, facilitated by Association for Real Change (ARC), provides the opportunity for individuals to gain a sustainable career in social care without the…
Bhismadev Chakrabarti, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Reading, has been awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize by The Leverhulme Trust. Worth £100,000, the Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is judged to be…
The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability (SCLD) has launched a new performance improvement resource for service providers. Progress in Personalisation is a self-assessment framework that helps provider organisations measure the progress they are making towards delivering personalised support. In the move towards self-directed support (SDS), this tool will not only…
The first of four National Autistic Society (NAS) Cullum Centre's was officially opened at Salesian School in Chertsey, Surrey, this week. Almost 100 students, parents and staff attended the launch of the centre, which will give students on the autism spectrum specialist support so they can reach their full potential.…
The guidance documents are designed to be used by social workers at all levels, from front line practitioners to senior social workers, social work supervisors and managers, to support them to deliver the best outcomes for the people with whom they work. A manual for good social work practice: supporting…
Scottish Autism has launched a new brand campaign aimed at raising greater public awareness about autism and the support available to individuals with autism and their families. Based on the theme ‘Scottish Autism puts the IS in autism,’ the four week digital campaign demonstrates that whilst autism can result in…
This year, for the first time, every council in England has statistics on record about the number of autistic adults using its social care services. Councils have to report each year on the needs of those they support, and this data is collected across England. The 2014-15 data, published this…
Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health are working in partnership to support workforce development to enable people who display behaviour which challenges to be supported well in their local communities. Working together to support the Transforming Care Programme, this funding will make a significant contribution to…