Action for Kids: Transition to Adult Life and the Mental Capacity Act


Action for Kids are organising a parent/carer/professional seminar on June 29th with a range of expert speakers including lawyers and care experts. It is heavily subsidised for parents and carers, only £15 including lunch. Image above has details.

TRANSITION TO ADULT LIFE AND THE MENTAL CAPACITY ACT, including welfare deputyship and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS), also covering all the assessments from age 18 and innovative ways to organise further education and manage challenging behaviour.

The cost is only £15 including lunch for parents/carers and £45 for professionals and it takes place in central London. Please see the flyer below and go here: to book.

Please let me know if you have any queries. Many thanks

Belinda Blank
Independent Advocate
Director, The Advocacy and Support Partnership

Article available free: ‘Gendered experiences of physical restraint on locked wards for women’

Gendered experiences of physical restraint on locked wards for women

Rebecca Fish and Chris Hatton

Physical restraint is used in inpatient services for people with intellectual disabilities as a way of holding a person to avoid injury. This article uses data from an ethnographic study in a locked unit in the north of England to explore women’s experiences of physical restraint using a feminist disability studies analysis. Data consists of field notes as well as interviews with 16 of the women who had experienced restraint, and 10 staff who worked with them. The women gave insights into the gendered phenomenon of restraint in light of their past experiences of violence. The authors argue that restraint is used with women to encourage passivity at times when more relational and therapeutic methods could be used. The article offers recommendations for alternative strategies that services can encourage.

Available here: 

‘Suicide rates among people with autism in England have reached “worryingly” high levels’

Suicide rates among people with autism in England have reached “worryingly” high levels, according to an article in Lancet Psychiatry.

Writing ahead of a world-first international summit on suicidality in autism, the researchers – from Newcastle and Coventry universities – say the issue remains poorly understood and that action is urgently needed to help those most at risk.

Co-author Dr Jacqui Rodgers, from Newcastle University’s Institute of Neuroscience, said: “This unique event is of huge importance. For the first time researchers and clinicians from the fields of autism and suicide research will come together, along with members of the autism community and those bereaved by suicide, to learn from each other and identify clinical and research priorities to address this urgent issue.

Jon Spiers, chief executive of autism research charity Autistica, said: “For years society and the healthcare system have ignored the voices of families who have lost autistic loved ones unnecessarily, and far too young.

“Recent research revealing the sheer scale of the problem proves that we cannot let that continue.

“National and local government, research funders and industry, as well as the NHS and service providers all have a responsibility to tackle the issue of suicide in autism. Autistica is committed to playing a major part by funding mental health research programmes. This suicide summit will kick-start our campaign for change in this severely overlooked area.”

Coventry and Newcastle universities are running the international summit on suicide in autism – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – over the next two days, with funding from Autistica and the James Lind Alliance.

The aim is to develop recommendations for changes in government policy and practise that can be implemented quickly to reduce suicide in autism, and to decide on priorities for future research in the field.