Kent Hate Crime Research: Annual Health Checks Focus Group 15th September

‘Living in Fear: better outcomes for people with autism and learning disabilities’


Focus group for GPs, Primary Care Staff, and Learning Disability health and social care professionals.

10.00 to 12.30 Monday 15th September Medway campus of Canterbury Christchurch University

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund Research Programme, Autism London, MCCH and Kent Police worked with a research team from the University of Kent’s Tizard Centre to survey people with learning disabilities and autism, paid and family carers and police officers.Living in fear pic

Almost half of all adults with learning disabilities and autism surveyed reported they had suffered some form of disability hate related incident when they were out in the community. A third of those who were living in the Medway area said they had been attacked and victimised, while others surveyed suffered verbal abuse, damage to their property and name calling. For some the impact was serious and long-lasting and the situation became so bad that they felt forced to move home and make other significant changes in their lives.

A key recommendation arising from the research is that guidance should be produced for GPs and other health care professionals carrying out annual health checks, baseline health profiling or other health care in identifying and responding to signs of victimisation in the community.

Please accept this invitation to assist in drafting that guidance by joining a focus group to be held from 10.00 to 12.30 on Monday 15th September at Medway Campus of Canterbury Christchurch University.

Colin Guest

Research Coordinator

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For more information  call Colin Guest 07584 311943 or email

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