Books Beyond Words – ‘Loving Babies’ Book Launch

Kent Surrey Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice event will be hosting the new Beyond Words book launch at the event at Kingston University on 1st December.

Beyond Words is delighted to be launching the second word-free picture book in their series on maternity and parenting. Loving Babies is the much-anticipated follow-up book to last year’s Having a Baby. Expertly co-created and trialled by professionals and experts by experience, Loving Babies is a picture story showing the realities and triumphs of early years’ parenting.

The book is designed to be used by people with learning disabilities or who find pictures easier to understand than words. It depicts two different households caring for and loving their new children. Loving Babies and Having a Baby can be used together to open conversations about pregnancy, parenting, and having children.

At the event, Baroness Hollins will be presenting this new publication and in their will be a lunch time book club to explore this new publication. 

Loving Babies Book Beyond words cover


Community Steering Group Expression of Interest

The Community’s Steering group is keen to recruit new members from Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

We welcome all that feel they have a contribution to make to supporting people with learning disabilities to live healthy, safe and fulfilled lives, this includes people with lived experience and that gained from work roles. 

The steering group has experience of making reasonable adjustments to support contribution, please let us know how we might do so.

There is easy read information about being part of the steering group by clicking here 

To express your interest in joining the steering group please complete the below form. 

This deadline for submitting the form will be 5pm 8th December 2023.



New Guest Blog post – Oliver McGowan Training, A Midwife & Mothers perspective.

Hayley Coffey has kindly shared her reflections on undertaking the Oliver McGowan e-learning training, her role as an academic, a midwife and a mother, the implications for education and clinical practice and ultimately autistic people and people with learning disabilities. 

This blog can be found by clicking here

If you would like to submit a reflection on enabling and supporting people with learning disabilities to live healthy safe and fulfilled lives, please see details for doing by clicking here. 

Community Event Contributions & update

Thanks for all the interest in the Community event on 1st December and particularly the request for contributions.

We have had more offers than can be housed in the agenda, so we will be closing this form on 6th November, so two members of the steering group can blind review the submissions. 

If you’d still like to submit, you can do so by clicking here.

If you’d like to take one of the last few places at the event, please click here.

Finally, NHS England have kindly offered support to enable us to offer participants refreshments and lunch. 

KSS CoP Conference Dec 23 Flyer