The Family Support Service can provide information and support about the needs of your family member with a severe learning disability. Our support is confidential, and we won’t judge you or tell you what to do.
Children, young people and adults have the right not to be hurt or damaged or humiliated in any way by interventions. Support and services must strive to achieve this.
When things go wrong
See our guides below from the ‘Meeting the Challenge’ series
Meeting the Challenge 5: Poor care and abuse
One of the ‘Meeting the Challenge’ guides produced by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, alongside Mencap and Respond. This factsheet provides information to help you understand what is meant by abuse and poor care / support. It also provides information about who to talk to if you suspect that your family member is experiencing either or both of these things and needs safeguarding.
Meeting the Challenge 3: What if it is getting difficult to support my family member at home or in their current service?
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 what can happen when it becomes difficult to support a family member at home, or in their current service and they require more specialist assessment and support.
Find out about reactive strategies, restrictive practices and reducing the use of those restrictive practices by reading our ‘quick read’ summary or downloading the information sheet.
Other information pages in this section
Consult the informative pages below to get the answers to your questions:
Further CBF resources
- Read our Meeting the Challenge guides which relate to Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs)
- Find out about the Everybody Matters film, featuring Shaun and Colleen who experienced poor support and had restricted, unhappy and sometimes unsafe lives in the past.
- Support and information is available for families and individuals from a range of charities and organisations, some of which are listed in our directory: Support relating to abuse of people with learning disabilities.
- Contact the CBF’s Family Support Service at the link below