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This report provides indicative evidence on the extent to which parents with a learning disability are involved or over-represented within children’s social care services.

To what extent are parents with a learning disability in Wales involved or over-represented within Children’s Social Care Services?

  • There is insufficient information about the number of children of parents with learning disability involved with Children’s Social Care Services  upon which to base an opinion.
  • One of the main reasons for this is the absence of a sufficiently clear national definition and guidance for Children’s Social Care Services.

What are the factors driving patterns of involvement of parents with learning disability with Children’s Social Care Services?

  • Learning disability is rarely the only concern and reason for parents being referred to Children’s Social Care Services and for children to be taken into care.
  • It is difficult to disentangle a main factor in what are usually relatively complex cases. Other commonly presenting factors include parental or family characteristics that can also present risks.
  • It is clear that systems that encourage ‘fast-tracking’ of new parents into Children’s Social Care Services place some parents at a disadvantage.

What evidence is there of good practice along a journey of Children’s Services intervention and broader support to parents with learning disability?

  • Although there are pockets of good practice, there is still much room for improvement.
  • The study findings suggest that more could be done to improve the national understanding of parental experience in this area as well as actual support services across Wales.

Reports

Research on the number of children in Wales placed into care from parents with learning disability and the reasons behind their removal
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Research on the number of children in Wales placed into care from parents with learning disability and the reasons behind their removal: summary
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