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ERIC Number: EJ904259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Support Workers within Learning/Intellectual Disability Services Perception of Their Role, Training and Support Needs
Windley, Debbie; Chapman, Melanie
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v38 n4 p310-318 Dec 2010
This study explores the perceptions of support workers working with adults with learning/intellectual disabilities, training and support needs. Data was collected by focus group (n = 3) and semi-structured interviews (n = 5). Participants saw their key role as maximising quality of life, identified "Trial and error" as the main mode of skill development for new staff and experienced stress as a result of conflict between their beliefs and demands of the service. Participants recognised their responsibility to model good and challenge poor practice; however, poor communication and assertiveness skills affected their ability to do this. A preference for more on site supervision to provide leadership was indicated. Training by the community learning disability team was highly regarded; however, there were indications that carers found this difficult to put into practice. It is suggested that development of personal skills and relating training to human rights and person-centred planning perspectives would best enable staff to carry out their roles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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