Course overview:

The course will be provide an opportunity for participants to explore the impact on the individual of having a learning disability, to consider the legislative context of services and how it may affect working practice.

Target audience:

Any staff working directly with adults with learning disabilities who do not have previous experience or knowledge of the subject


  • To increase participants’ knowledge of what it means to have a learning disability and to provide an introduction to the values and skills required to work in the sector


By the end of the session you will:

  • Have explored the history of learning disability services
  • Understand the public perception of people with learning disabilities and the impact that may have on the individual
  • Be aware of current legislation and national drivers for services, including Safeguarding
  • Recognise the importance of equality and choice when working with learning disabled adults and consider how this can be implemented in practice.

Qualifications & Credit Framework

 This session will provide participants with some underpinning knowledge that is relevant to the following QCF units:

  • LD 201 Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
  • LD 314 Principles of self directed support
  • HSC024 Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • HSC025 The role of the health and social care worker
  • SHC23 Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or childrens and young people’s settings

NB This course is designed to provide a knowledge base for ‘Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities’. Alternatively, the 2 courses can be combined and delivered as a 2 day course.