Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities


Course Outline:

It is essential that staff who work with adults with learning disabilities are aware of national drivers and legislation and how they impact on services at a practical level.  This course provides an opportunity for participants to explore the national context, including personalisation and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.  Participants will also consider how to work effectively with family carers and will explore professional boundary issues.


Target Group:

Staff who provide direct care and support to adults with learning disabilities, who already have a basic understanding of the subject area



  • To increase participants’ knowledge of the legislative context of services for people with learning disabilities and how this may affect values and skills in the workplace



By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge of relevant legislation and national drivers and how to put these into practice
  • Have an understanding of the key principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Have considered how the personalisation agenda may impact on services and individuals with learning disabilities
  • Have explored the practicalities of working with family carers and other professionals
  • Understand what is meant by the term ‘professional boundaries’  and have explored their practical application in the workplace
  • Have had the opportunity to practice skills required for the self directed support process


Qualifications & Credit Framework

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

  • HSC025 The role of the health and social care worker
  • HSC026 Implement person centred approaches in health and social care
  • LD 201 Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
  • LD202 Support person centred thinking and planning
  • LD208K Principles of supporting individuals with learning disabilities to access health care
  • LD 314K Principles of self directed support

NB This course is designed to build on the knowledge learnt in ‘Introduction to Learning Disability’. Alternatively, the 2 courses can be combined and delivered as a 2 day course.