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Launch of national inspection of care and support for adults with learning disabilities

We’re looking at the quality, efficiency and safety of the care and support provided for adults with learning disabilities.

The inspection will consider how good local authority social services are at achieving outcomes that matter to people. It will also look at the factors that drive good outcomes for people as well as the barriers.

What will the inspection look at?

  • How well local authorities understand the need for care and support for people with learning disabilities in their areas, including support for carers and the development of preventative services.
  • How good leaders are in delivering a clear vision for care and support for people, aimed at improving outcomes, and which has the support and involvement of partners – including people with learning disabilities and carers.
  • The quality of the information, advice, assistance, assessment and care planning provided and how well it demonstrates a respect for people with learning disabilities as full citizens, equal in status and value to other citizens of the same age.

What we will do

  • Carry out a national survey and self-assessment of all 22 local authority social services in Wales.
  • Work with the Parents Forum to facilitate a series of focus groups with parents and carers across Wales.
  • Work with People First Wales to help us engage productively with people with learning disabilities during the inspection.
  • Meet with providers of supported accommodation for people with learning disabilities to discuss the key questions for the inspection.
  • Explore additional, relevant questions for the national inspection during our routine inspection of regulated services for people with learning disabilities.
  • Carry out detailed inspections in 6 local authorities between November 2015 and January 2016.

Further information

More information about the inspection and how you can get involved is available from our National inspection of care and support for people with learning disabilities page.

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