Supporting parents with a learning disability, FASD or autism

Understanding parents with special needs and how you can help them
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Failure to build in, from the outset, the extra time that a parent with a learning disability needs in order to learn and understand, puts that parent at a significant disadvantage in child protection proceedings, compared to parents without a learning disability.

2016 update of Good Practice Guidance on working with parents with a learning disability

It’s quite common for parents with learning disabilities to spend some time in a foster placement to learn important skills and to have a parenting assessment. These mothers make up a high percentage of parents involved in care proceedings; in 2008, 12.5% of parents in care proceedings in England and Wales had learning disabilities.

Autism in women and girls is often undiagnosed and misunderstood, presenting differently from male autism. Some mothers coming into foster placements may have difficulties on the autistic spectrum, so its important to understand their needs and how we can support them.


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