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Getting our voice heard: empowering people with a learning disability to influence adult safeguarding policy

Lorna Montgomery (School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK)
Gavin Davidson (School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK)
Berni Kelly (School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK and Social Work, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Linda McKendry (Compass Advocacy Network Limited, Ballymoney, UK)
Leslie-Anne Newton (Association for Real Change, Belfast, UK)
Paul Webb (Research Department, Praxis Care, Belfast, UK)
Lisamarie Wood (Research Department, Praxis Care, Belfast, UK)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 20 October 2021

Issue publication date: 30 November 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present an examination of the development of adult safeguarding policy from the perspectives of both policymakers and those who have sought to influence policy, to empower individuals with a learning disability to have a say in how policies, that influence their life and impact their right to independence, are developed.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is based on a project which was led by a UK-wide interdisciplinary and multi-agency team, which included the central involvement of peer researchers who had lived experience of learning disability. It was based on a participatory disability research design.

Findings

Factors which enabled or restrained individuals with a learning disability, and their supporting organisations, from getting their voice heard in policy development, are identified.

Originality/value

This paper builds on policy theory and research, making recommendations for policy makers, disabled people and their supporting organisations as to how adult safeguarding policy, could be more effectively informed and influenced.

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Acknowledgements

Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning.

Citation

Montgomery, L., Davidson, G., Kelly, B., McKendry, L., Newton, L.-A., Webb, P. and Wood, L. (2021), "Getting our voice heard: empowering people with a learning disability to influence adult safeguarding policy", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 23 No. 6, pp. 384-396. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-07-2021-0023

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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