Completed research

Access to Independent Advocacy

The need for independent advocacy.

An Independent Evaluation of the Kingfishers Project

Home Farm Trust Carers Consultation 2008 for a supported living scheme near Stroud, run by the NCH, for 18-24 year olds. The project was helped by the Listening Partnership, a group of young disabled people in Bristol.

Befriending: more than just finding friends

Better for the Break

The cost and effectiveness of employing salaried support carers to reduce waiting lists for short-term care.

Better Rewards

The cost and effectiveness of employing salaried support carers to reduce waiting lists for short-term care.

Bridging the Divide

The experiences of young people with learning disabilities and their families at transition. Carried out in partnership with HFT (the Home Farm Trust)

Summary (PDF, 190kB)

Crossing the Line

A research project on the interface between mental health and learning disability services.

Summary (PDF, 356kB)

Development of a survey on services for disabled children

Commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families

Report (External link)

Direct payments for young disabled people

Disability Data Collection for Children’s Services

Promoting Disability Equality in Schools

Examples of public involvement in social care research

In partnership with School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

Finding the right help

Guidance for the development of materials and activities to promote positive parenting and safeguarding by parents with learning disabilities

Report (PDF, 496kB)

Finding the Right Support?

A review of issues and positive practice in supporting parents with learning disabilities and their children

Have your say about college

A local project for the South West Learning and Skills Council looking at the experience of further education for young people with learning disabilities in Somerset.

Report (PDF, 297kB)

Having a good day?

A study of community-based day activities for people with learning disabilities.

Report (External link)

Help to Move On

Better pathways at transition for young people with learning disabilities at residential school or college.

Hidden Pain

The perspectives of people with learning disabilities who self injure.

Information for All

Further information is available at the on-line documents section of the website.

Listen to what I want

A study carried out for the Social Care Institute for Excellence about the implications of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) for major decision-making by people with learning disabilities.

Report (PDF, 949kB)

Making a Difference

Exploring the impact of multi-agency working on disabled children with complex health care needs.

Report (PDF, 134kB)

Making Valuing People work

Strategies for change in services for people with learning disabilities: an examination of the early implementation of the Valuing People White Paper

Summary (PDF, 138kB)

Medication Matters

Understandings of psychotropic medications by people with learning disabilities prescribed this treatment.

Report (PDF, 159kB)

Mind the Gap

Meeting the mental health needs of young people with learning disabilities in Somerset.

Report (PDF, 709kB)

Money, Rights and Risks

A scoping review of key issues in relation to financial exclusion, money and access to financial services.

Participation in Education

Disabled children and special educational needs decision making.

Providing the Right Support?

An evaluation of the North East Parent Support (NEPS) service and the Walsall Parents' Advocacy service

Summary (PDF, 324kB)

Putting us First

Personalisation in mental health services - direct payments and individual budgets.

Risk: the role of difference

Carried out in collaboration with the Centre for Housing Policy (University of York), an ESRC funded study, looking at how different social groups (including disabled people) think about risks to their financial security. Risk: the role of difference report (External link)

Screening Services Strategy Toolkit

Improving the uptake of screening services by people with learning difficulties across the South West peninsula.

Strategy and Toolkit (PDF, 880kB)

‘Secret Loves, Hidden Lives: Issues for gay, lesbian and bisexual people with learning difficulties’.

Further information is available at the on-line documents section of the website.

Shaping our Future: a scoping and consultation exercise to determine research priorities in Learning Disability for the next ten years

Report (external link)

Skills for Support

Communication skills of personal assistants working with people with learning disabilities.

Support for Living?

The impact of the Supporting People programme on housing and support for adults with learning disabilities.

Summary (PDF, 96kB)

The Road Ahead

Information for young people with learning disabilities, their families and supporters at transition.(external link)

Where do you want to go next? Critical factors in care planning for people with learning disabilities, and their financial implications