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Our editorial policy:

Promote equality of citizenship
Promote the inclusion of people with learning disabilities in every aspect of society
To provide readers with essential information in accessible language
Encourage people to express themselves in the magazine
Challenge laws, regulation and traditional ideas which hamper people from achieving their aspirations
Publicise examples of radical ideas being put into practice


Squaring the circle for vulnerable people

Volunteers are making a real difference, says Sarah Reilly Despite the shock and horror of Winterbourne View there are still thousands of service users miles away from the inner London boroughs with accountability. These people are some of the most vulnerable members of our society but most receive only one statutory visit a year, often […]

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Why did Frank go ballistic?

Find out in the autumn issue of Community Living

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Paradigm’s Be Free Festival – 13th – 15th Sept. 2016

Don’t miss the chance to get to Paradigm’s Be Free Festival at Gilwell Park in Chingford, in Esssex . Accommodated in lodges or bell tents or bring your own tent- a small festival experience where people will meeting new people, and get live bands, camp fires, picnics, tea parties, wild adventure challenges, music and art […]

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Why ATUs don’t work

By their very nature ATUs are not set up to work with people in their familiar environment and rehabilitate them; instead, they seek to remove and treat with an extremely small toolkit, says Sam Sly   Over a year ago I was asked to write about getting people out of Assessment & Treatment Units (ATUs) […]

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Keeping abreast of Adult Social Care Law – Free Webinar

WHATEVER HAPPENS WE ALL NEED TO BE ON TOP OF THE LAW. If you didn’t make it to our Manchester Belinda Schwehr Care Act seminar don’t despair – get a free webinar and if you subscribe to Community Living you get her regular articles keeping you up-to-date with judgements and the law. We’ll also be […]

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Don’t miss Community Living’s July issue NOW out

You get a printed copy and a free on-line digital version with full access to back articles….with a regular articles from Belinda Schwehr (LLM) on social care law issues and Charlie Callanan on welfare benefits.. Should these Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs) providing neither be called prisons? In this issue Sam Sly explains why ATUs […]

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Heart of darkness – Chris Hatton on Mazar’s report

Chris Hatton’s blog on Mazar’s review showing shocking failures at Southern Health suggests this may be the tip of the iceberg. Today’s news is that hospitals in England have investigated just 209 out of 1,436 deaths of inpatients with learning disabilities since 2011 (Hospitals fail to investigate deaths) What does it take for the Government […]

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Check out Belinda Schwehr’s Care and the Care Act blog

Schwehr on CARE is Belinda Schwehr’s contribution to supporting people who are interested in adults’ social care to use the Care Act, together with public law principles. The idea is that the Act might then really make the kind of difference that it was intended to bring about. The blog will do this by encouraging […]

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Is there any point to commissioning?

Mike Webster poses this question and comes to the conclusion that, yes, there is a point to commissioning when it is a creative force that gets the best out of people and organisations.
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Social care law/Care Act

 Do these councils’ policies ensure wellbeing?

Two councils are planning to cap own home care costs at the equivalent value of those for a care home. Does that fit with the Care Act framework and the principle of wellbeing enshrined in it? Belinda Schwehr has reservations.

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