Commissions

Getting our Voices Heard

The 12 month commission is led by Queen’s University Belfast in partnership with Action for Real Change UK, Compass Advisory Network (NI), Praxis Care (NI), Mencap Cyrmu (Wales), Richmond Fellowship (Scotland) and the Ann Craft Trust (England).

The research is exploring how people with learning disabilities and their organisations, can best influence the policy and practice of adult safeguarding. In developing policies to keep people safe, it is imperative that disabled people themselves have direct influence.

The research is coproduced by a team of researchers, including those with lived experience of a learning disability and is due to complete in the spring of 2020. The research seeks to provide something new about promoting independent living by:

  • Identifying the different approaches to exerting influence on adult safeguarding policy which have been taken by people who have a learning disability and the relevant DPOs;
  • Exploring what works in different contexts by looking closely at successful examples where people with learning disabilities and the relevant DPOs have influenced adult safeguarding policy and practice;
  • Making recommendations on approaches to take and identifying barriers and enablers to exerting influence on adult safeguarding policy.

The contact for this commission is Dr Lorna Montgomery, School of Social Policy, Education and Social Work.

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Including Missing Voices

The 12 month commission is led by the University of Worcester in partnership with Shaping our Lives. The research, due to complete in the spring of 2020, is exploring:

  • Why are the voices of disabled people in the UK’s Gypsy Roma Traveller communities missing from policy and practice debates about independent living?
  • What model(s) of disability do Gypsy Roma Traveller communities practice and how does this align with the definition of independent living?
  • How might traditional DPOs be inclusive and represent Gypsy Roma Traveller issues or is there another form of representation which facilitates their voice being heard in policy and practice debates about independent living?

The contact for this commission is Dr Peter Unwin, Department of Social Work and the Community.

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