Tag Archives: personalisation

Family Champions & Cake

Since January this year we (OxFSN) have been running a course for family carers of children and adults with learning disabilities. The course was called ‘Creating Family Champions’ and the aim was to work with families to help them better … Continue reading

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“Sometimes you get angels” – what a good support worker looks like

Many years ago a friend of mine said “Sometimes you get angels”. She was referring to those people who come into your life and support your kids. People who just get it – people who go the extra mile. Sara … Continue reading

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Openness, Honesty, Respect and Valuing People: What “good” can look like

This last week has been one of stark contrasts for me. The report into Connor’s death and subsequent commentary on it has seen my twitter feed alight with anger and condemnation and rightly so. #justiceforLB has been buzzing. The power … Continue reading

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ATOS – How often do you behave in a way that upsets other people?

I’m filling in G’s “limited Capability for Work” questionnaire. This is for the transfer from Incapacity Benefit to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) I’m swearing…. a lot! The air around me has been blue with expletives for days now and … Continue reading

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“she’s at it again” ranty, rant, alert!

I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to focus on our new preparing for adulthood guide (Transition) I’ve delayed it for a while now because of all the changes but the last one (Transition Matters) was written in 2009, is … Continue reading

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One Page Profiles – “Getting to know me”

As you will know if you’ve read previous blog posts I’m a big fan of person centred approaches. Having been a bit of a sceptic in the early days I’m now a major convert, bordering on being rather evangelical! I … Continue reading

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Fears & Nightmares

Rarely a day goes by when I don’t think about what happened at Winterbourne View. As the parent of a young man with learning disabilities the abhorrent abuse exposed by Panorama gave me nightmares for a long time and the … Continue reading

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Let him eat cake!

When we set up G’s supported living arrangements three years ago we had a vision of how it would be. We wanted him to have a personal budget and we wanted to be fully involved in his life and enable … Continue reading

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A work in progress

It’s been three years since G moved into his own home and just when I was starting to relax , feeling more than a little smug and thought everything was great we’ve hit a few problems. Nothing major, but enough … Continue reading

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A Square Peg

Ten years ago I started writing a book about G. I called it “A Square Peg” It’s still sitting in a file on my computer, I never did get it published. It got rejected from one publisher and I lost … Continue reading

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