Course Profile

Course Profile: Equality and Diversity centred on People with Learning Disabilities (1 Day)
People with learning disabilities have been traditionally denied equality of opportunity. This course has been designed to enable participants to reflect upon the history of people with learning disabilities and raise their awareness and understanding of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights issues. The course is informed by the Equality Act 2010, the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013), the Human Rights Act 1998, bild, the Down’s Syndrome Association and the National Autistic Society. The course is set in the context of the Care Act 2014 (promoting Wellbeing and Personalisation) and supports the Social Care Commitment.  
The course provides some knowledge for
Care Certificate: Standards 1 and 4
QCF: HSC 025, SHC 023, SHC 024, SHC 33, SHC 34, HSC 3046, LD 201, SS OP 2.1 and 3.1

The course is designed for any professional working in a learning disability environment who wishes to broaden their understanding of Equality and Diversity issues. The course will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What a learning disability is and how it impacts on a person's lifestyle
  • The history of people with learning disabilities in United Kingdom during the 20th century
  • What was institutionalisation and its impact on people with learning disabilities
  • The key sociological theories developed in relation to people with learning disabilities since the 1950's
  • What person-centred care/support planning is and its impact on service delivery
  • What personalisation is and the impact of the Care Act 2014
  • Language and practices in the delivery of care and support that can discriminate people with learning disabilities
  • How discrimination may/can impact on a person with learning disability
  • A range of concepts related to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
  • The key points of the Equality Act 2010, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Human Rights Act 1998
  • How to work in an anti-discriminatory way and how to contribute to positive changes
  • The power dynamic between a worker and a person with learning disability and how this dynamic can be used in the interest of people with learning disabilities
  • The key components related to good practice in supporting people with learning disabilities
  • The systems that practitioners can use to reflect on their attitudes, practices and potential prejudices
  • How to access a range of sources of information, advice and support
Training methods: the subject matter can raise uncomfortable feelings. The trainer facilitating this training therefore is mindful of the need to work in a supportive way. The course will provide maximum participation and will accommodate different learning styles.

A selection of the following methods will be used: small group work and pair work, case studies, questions and answers, chalk & talk, word shower method, quizzes, power point, trainer presentation, facilitated discussion and handouts.