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About Oxfordshire Family Support Network

Oxfordshire Family Support Network (OxFSN) is a not-for-profit organisation run by and for family carers of people with learning disabilities – both children and adults. Oxfordshire Family Support Network (OXFSN) was set up in 2007 by family carers who wanted to use their experience to help others in the same situation, based on our belief that family carers are experts by their lived experience.

OXFSN is Challenging Behaviour

Working with families training for professionals . In early December we (OxFSN) ran a workshop for professionals about working with Family Carers of people with learning disabilities. This was commissioned by OCC and Oxford Health and the plan was to … Continue reading

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Choice and Control versus Duty of Care

I’ve had two family carers contact me in the last month about difficulties they are having with their relatives support. Both young people have been in supported living for just over a year (with different support providers). Both have put … Continue reading

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Co-production & The Vagina Museum

When the Transforming Care Board meeting finished today I had a chat with a lead Commissioner from Oxfordshire County Council by the coffee machine. I mention the coffee machine because I was casually getting a cuppa and she came over … Continue reading

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Reasonable Adjustments

In my last post…many moons ago, I wrote about G’s cyst. G’s cyst became massive. A lump the size of a golf ball on his forehead and growing all the time. Despite the GP’s insistence that it would probably shrink … Continue reading

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In Who’s Best Interest?

G has a sebaceous cyst on his head. His Dad used to get them and apparently they can be hereditary! Bit annoying really because quite frankly this ‘kid’ has enough issues without inheriting others but hey ho! That’s life I … Continue reading

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Involving Families & Ticking boxes

Tomorrow, I have a meeting with the manager of G’s supported living service (or as I like to call it ‘his home’) and a care manager from Oxfordshire County Council (OCC). The meeting is about G’s support plan, following his … Continue reading

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Looking for a ‘positive’

I’m a pretty positive person and always try to look for something good in any situation. This has had its challenges in recent weeks, months, years. It’s difficult sometimes, but I always try. In my work I see and hear … Continue reading

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What makes a house a home?

I’ve moved house! I’ve finally moved house! God! It’s been a long old slog. The house went on the market last September, has been under offer since April this year and I finally moved in just over a week ago. … Continue reading

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Thinking of Connor

Like so many others I’ve spent the last two weeks watching the live tweets from the inquest into Connor’s Death, thanks to @LBInquest via the amazing @georgejulian I couldn’t make the inquest because I’ve been moving house (no comparison of … Continue reading

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Fathers Day

I’ve never been a big fan of Fathers Day (or, Mothers Day or Valentines Day) I’ve always felt that if you love someone you don’t need a special day to celebrate this….just tell them you love them – regularly. And, … Continue reading

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