69 5 Learning disabilities and social work Jan Walmsley Introduction Despite considerable policy and legislative changes over the past century, society continues to exclude, neglect and frequently damage people with learning disabilities. Hence the need for families to advocate on behalf of their relatives. How might social work respond? At the time this chapter was written an initiative from the English government was launched to pilot a named social worker for people with learning disabilities (SCIE 2017). The fact that such an initiative was perceived to
159 Critical and Radical Social Work • vol 2 • no 2 • 159–74 • © Policy Press 2014 • #CRSW Print ISSN 2049 8608 • Online ISSN 2049 8675 • http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204986014X13986987417481 article Out of the shadows: disability movements Roddy Slorach,1 UK email@example.com Britain’s disability movement can be divided into two distinct phases. The first, reaching a peak in the late 1980s to mid-1990s, was seen by its leading activists as a civil rights movement, whereas the second has been a response to the recent and ongoing government spending cuts. The
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