Here to help with questions relating to learning disability and its impact on family carers
Parliament debated the petition you signed – “Prevent avoidable deaths by making autism/learning disability training mandatory”
The petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/221033
The Petitions team
UK Government and Parliament
If nothing else, read the transcript of the debate for the closing contributions of Minister Carol Dinenage, which summarise the government’s commitment to improvement and included this statement:
“In addition to the existing criteria for professional regulation and registration, there are also existing health and social care regulations that are designed to ensure staff have had appropriate training. However, it is clear from the tragic deaths of Oliver and the many, many like him that that is not enough; we need to go further. One of the recommendations in the LeDeR report echoes the petition in saying that there should be mandatory learning disability training for all health and care staff.
We welcome that recommendation and we have made a commitment to consult formally on it, and we will conclude the consultation by the end of March. I can also confirm that we will include autism within this consultation. My aim is not to mess around with this work, as I have already articulated; the Government’s plans will be published by the summer and regulations could be introduced by the end of 2019. A formal consultation is essential if we are going to change regulations, which is one of the routes by which we can ensure that training is absolutely mandatory.”