Frequently Asked Questions

There are some questions which are frequently asked and here we have provided answers to these with links to further information. If you have unanswered questions after reading this information please contact us for individual support.


Questions about Safeguarding

This information answers 3 important questions about what to do if you have concerns about the welfare of a person with learning disabilities.  It also includes information about the safeguarding referral process and what to expect for both adults and children.

Questions about Raising Concerns and Legal Support

Question about Trauma Support

- ideas about support for people with learning disabilities who have experienced trauma such as inappropriate restraint, seclusion or medication, or who have been abused.

Questions about Behaviour Support

Questions about Short Breaks

  • "I'm reaching crisis point and need a break - what can I do?" - this FAQ provides information about what rights family carers have to short breaks and what types of short breaks are available.  Also includes information about what you can do if your family member is excluded from their short break service.

Questions about Specific Challenging Behaviours

  • Destructive behaviours (coming soon)

  • Stripping (coming soon)

Questions about Healthcare

Questions about Being A Family Carer

  • Making decisions - this aims to support families who are worried that they won't be consulted by professionals who are making important decisions about their relative's life. It also provides advice about what to do if you are not being properly involved in decisions about your relative's welfare, including a template letter family carers are welcome to use.

  • "Do I have to do this alone?" - family carers can often feel isolated and worried about who will fight their relative’s corner if they are unable to do so.  One solution to this is to set up a circle of support around your relative.  This FAQ explains more.


Meeting the Challenge - Legal FAQ

One of the 'Meeting the Challenge' guides produced by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, alongside Mencap and Respond. 

This factsheet will provide you with information about your family member's legal rights in relation to social care and health provision and how to exercise these rights.


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