Over the last 25 years, we have worked on a number of research projects and contributed to research looking at many issues affecting disabled children and young people and adults at risk.

If you would like to discuss or order any of these publications, please get in touch.

Safeguarding people with learning disabilities in residential care and supported living services. Is it abuse or ‘just’ poor practice? (2014)

Written by Rachel Fyson & Anne Patterson these guidelines have been taken from independent research commissioned by the NIHR School for Social Care Research. The guide is intended to help shape best practice for all professionals and volunteers working in residential services and supported living services.

Access the Guidelines for Safeguarding people with learning disabilities in residential care and supported living services.

Significant Incident Learning Process (SILP) – the experience of facilitating and evaluating the process in adult safeguarding

Kitson, D. & Clawson, R. (2013) Significant Incident Learning Process (SILP) – the experience of facilitating and evaluating the process in adult safeguarding, The Journal of Adult Protection 15 (5) 237-245

Financial Abuse of People with Learning Disabilities (2012)

Written by Liz Brooks, Deborah Kitson and Sue Thurman the study lasted two years and explored the issues and challenges workers, carers and service users have while working with this safeguarding issue. Available to buy here

Outcomes following adult safeguarding alerts: a critical analysis of key factors

Kitson, D. & Fyson, R. (2012) Outcomes following adult safeguarding alerts: a critical analysis of key factors, Journal of Adult Protection 14 (2) 93-103

Human rights and social wrongs: issues in safeguarding adults with learning disabilities

Kitson, D. & Fyson, R. (2011) Human rights and social wrongs: issues in safeguarding adults with learning disabilities, Practice: Social Work in Action 22 (5) 309-320

Forced Marriage and Learning Disabilities: Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines (2010)

Written by Rachael Clawson from ACT and Pam Vallance from the Judith Trust in conjunction with the Forced Marriage Unit. Download a copy here

Living your Life (2010)

Brook has updated and redesigned this comprehensive and essential publication for those working with young people with special educational needs and learning difficulties. Order a copy from Brook here

Concerns about people with learning disabilities being sexually abused

Kitson, D (2010) Concerns about people with learning disabilities being sexually abused. In: M McCarthy & D Thompson (eds.) Sexuality and Learning Disabilities. Pavilion. 2nd Edition expected 2018.

Working with disabled children and adults in Wilson

Clawson. R (2008) Working with disabled children and adults in Wilson. K, Ruch. G, Lymbery. M, & Cooper. M Social Work: An Introduction to Contemporary Practice.

Safeguarding in schools: are the needs of disabled children adequately met?

Clawson, R (2008) “ Safeguarding in schools: are the needs of disabled children adequately met?” in Networking: Catholic Education Today, Vol 10, issue 1.

Safeguarding children with disabilities

Kitson. D & Clawson. R (2007) Safeguarding children with disabilities in Wilson. K & James. A (eds) The Child Protection Handbook. [3rd edition].

Abuse in Institutions & the Resulting Inquiries

Kitson, D (2008) Abuse in Institutions & the Resulting Inquiries. In: J Pritchard (ed.) Good Practice in Safeguarding Adults. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Independence or Protection – does it have to be a choice? Reflections on the abuse people with learning disabilities in Cornwall

Fyson, R & Kitson, D (2007) Independence or Protection – does it have to be a choice? Reflections on the abuse people with learning disabilities in Cornwall. Critical Social Policy 27 (3) 426-436.

Blowing the Whistle on the Abuse of Adults with Learning Disabilities (2005)

This project explores the ethical and practical dilemma of Whistleblowing in relation to the abuse of people with learning disabilities in social care settings and gives recommendations for practice.

Young People with Learning Disabilities who Show Sexually Inappropriate or Abusive Behaviour (2005)

Findings of research funded by the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, looking at issues relating to young people with learning disabilities who display sexually inappropriate behaviour.

ACTing to Support Parents with Learning Disabilities (2004)

Funded by the Home Office this project was carried out in partnership with Home-Start and explored ways to teach and support parents with learning disabilities.

The Sexual Abuse of Elderly People (2004)

An opportunity to look at the findings of this innovative research funded by the Nuffield Foundation and exploring issues relating to the abuse of older people.

Learning Disability, Abuse & Inquiry

Fyson, R and Kitson, D & Corbett A (2004) Learning Disability, Abuse & Inquiry. In: N. Stanley & J. Manthorpe (eds.) The Age of The Inquiry: learning and blaming in health and social care. London: Routledge

Facing the Possibility

Kitson, D and Bailey, G (2001) Facing the Possibility. ARC, Chesterfield, UK.

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