At ACT, we have always been very aware of the injustices that many disabled young people and adults at risk face. To tackle this we use our safeguarding expertise to try and change things for the better.
Safeguarding Research Topics
Research is at the core of the Ann Craft Trust. Based at the University of Nottingham, we contribute to research across the UK and EU with a focus on some of the following areas.
Quarterly safeguarding bulletin
The quarterly Ann Craft Trust Safeguarding bulletin is available as a digital download though our website or by free email subscription. The e-bulletin contains news and research about current safeguarding issues alongside the latest ACT news on training events and seminars, with early bird offers for subscribers.
Issue 115: April 2021
In this issue:
- Get Ready For Safeguarding Adults Week 2021, and the Return of the ACT Safeguarding Conference!
- Dr. Deborah Kitson – Why Don’t We Talk About Learning Disabilities and Sexuality?
- New Pilot Research Project on the Intersection Between Cognitive Impairments and Exploitation
- Understanding and Addressing Inequalities in Sport & Activity
Impact of our Research
Our research projects have offered us the opportunity to have a real impact in improving practice throughout the UK and to ensure that all our training is informed and up-to-date.
Development of national guidance
Projects such as the Forced Marriage of People with Learning Disabilities involved the development on national best practice guidance for professionals in relation to dealing with cases of forced marriage.
New and Pioneering Training
The Inclusive Support for Parents with a Learning Disability project culminated in the development and pilot of new targeted training for professionals working in antenatal care to support parents with a learning disability more effectively.
Our research into practices in the care of disabled young people and adults at risk have led to improvements to prevent, recognise and report abuse across the UK. Our Whistleblowing project, for example, explored the ethical and practical dilemmas of whistleblowing and how we can encourage and protect those who expose abuse of people with learning disabilities.