Vulnerable Pple

Faculty of Health & Social Care (2009-2010)
BA (Hons) in Social Work
The aim of this paper is to focus on how a manager can bring change to the lives of people with learning disabilities to enable them exercise their rights, make choice and gain full control over their lives.   Because of the nature of the case study and for the purpose of this assignment, I have looked at the government’s Valuing People policy (2001) which set out a framework to guide practitioners that work with people with learning disabilities, followed by appropriate theory and legislations in relation to vulnerability, I have demonstrated an understanding of partnership, empowerment, anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice.   I have also looked at the difficulties clients will encounter during their care and practitioners responsibilities towards holistic approach.
The World Health Organisation defines learning disability as:

…a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind”, and somebody with a learning disability is said also to have “significant impairment of intellectual functioning” and “significant impairment of adaptive/social functioning” (World Health Organisation, 2001). |

The Valuing People policy (2001) set out a vision for people with learning disabilities which was underpinned by four key principles; choice, independence, rights and inclusion. Each of these principles emphasised the importance of person-centred approach, direct payments and working in partnership with people with learning disabilities in order to deliver real change in their lives.   The White Paper revealed that there are about 210,000 people with severe learning disabilities in England and about 1.2 million with a mild or moderate disability and people with learning disabilities are among the most vulnerable people in society (HMSO, 2000).
The No Secrets Guidance defines a vulnerable adult as
“…anyone aged 18 years or over who is or may be in need of community care services by...