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Government announces thousands of patients are to be moved from NHS-funded private hospitals and care homes over the next 18 months (10.12.12)

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Private companies are to be stripped of the right to provide hospital care for patients with learning disabilities after the Winterbourne View abuse scandal. Norman Lamb, the Care and Support Minister said: “One of the most shocking revelations to come out of this case is that many of the 3,500 people with learning disabilities who

Symbol welcomes landmark research and joins calls for all those who work with children to make communication their business

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As a member of the Communication Trust, a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication, Symbol welcomed the publication of the Better Communication Research Programme on 27th December 2012, the most significant investment to date in research into the needs of and services for children and young people with

Increasing demand for speech therapy for parents with learning disabilities

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There is an evidence base relating to support for parents with learning disabilities , with studies suggesting that whilst parents with learning disabilities may experience poorer psychological well-being than parents in the general population, there is evidence that improvements in psychological well-being can be made through improvements in social support. The researcher in this study

Older family carers look to find support for offspring in their own homes

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A few years ago, the older family carers initiative, run by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities published a series of reports and some excellent guidelines on providing support to help inform not only practitioners, but commissioners and of course older family carers themselves of their rights and the kind of support they could

PM sets out Adoption Reforms

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There are about 3,660 children under 1 in the care system. While some will be returned home to live with their birth parents or with relatives, a significant proportion are adopted. But it takes an average of two years and three months for an adoption to go through for children in this age group. During

Accelerate adoptions or lose control, council told

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Times Newspaper, 11/5/12 Councils have been told to sort out adoption services in weeks or be stripped of responsibility for running them. The warning comes after the first detailed adoption scorecards have revealed that half of local authorities in England are not meeting statutory targets on how long it should take for a child to