New report published on new migrants and people from BME communities who have learning disabilities

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Fiona Ritchie OBE, Turning Point’s Managing Director for Learning Disability, was on the Advisory Board for the ‘Here to Stay’ research project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The project looked at access to services by people with learning disabilities from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities, including new migrants and considered their experience and outcomes of care.

The report makes a number of findings including; that data collection around BME groups is unreliable; that services often didn’t distinguish between people from BME communities and new migrants, despite their needs potentially being very different; communication between practitioners and service users needs improving; and the workforce require better training to meet the needs of BME groups.

Fiona said: ‘This is an important report that highlights the need to improve support for people from BME communities and new migrants who have learning disabilities. There are useful lessons for all services, and we will be reflecting on the recommendations from this research to ensure our services meet the needs of all communities we serve.’  

To find out more you can read the Executive Summary or the full Report.

To learn more about our Learning Disabilities services, click here.