Identifying the best approaches for people with a learning disability to influence adult safeguarding and associated policy and legislation.
In order to exercise equal citizenship, people with a learning disability should have the same opportunities for choice, control, dignity and freedom as any other.
This project sought to identify the best approaches to influencing adult safeguarding and associated policies in different contexts across all four nations in the UK. The project concluded with the development of co-produced recommendations.
The project aims were as follows:
- To identify the different approaches to exerting influence on adult safeguarding and associated policies and legislation which have been taken by people who have a learning disability and relevant supporting organisations.
- To explore what works in different contexts by looking closely at successful examples where people with a learning disability and relevant supporting organisations have influenced adult safeguarding policies and legislation.
- To make recommendations on approaches to take, identifying barriers and enablers to exerting influence on adult safeguarding and associated policies and legislation.
The research was funded by Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL), which received funding from The National Lottery Community Fund. The DRILL programme was led by Disability Action NI (DANI), who provided ongoing support and guidance throughout this project.
The research was led by a UK-wide interdisciplinary and multi-agency team, which included the central involvement of peer researchers who had lived experience of a learning disability. This team included the Ann Craft Trust, Mencap Cymru, and The Richmond Fellowship.