In September 2016 the Working Together with Parents Network (WTPN) will be holding a series of 5 seminars around the country to speak about updated Good Practice Guidance on working with parents with a learning disability and its role in helping to ensure that the human rights of parents with learning difficulties, and those of their children, are respected.

The focus of the seminars are ‘Updated Good Practice on working with parents with learning difficulties – the legal basis’ and will cover “The concept of ‘parenting with support’ must move from the margins to the mainstream in court determinations” Re: D (A Child) No3) 2016.

The regional seminars are:

  • London 12th September 2016
  • Leeds 13th September 2016
  • Plymouth 21st September 2016
  • Bristol 22nd September 2016
  • Coventry 26th September 2016

They particularly keen to meet managers, commissioners and others who hold any responsibility for ensuring that policies, practices and procedures respect the rights of the families with whom they work.

The seminars will provide you with updated Good Practice Guidance and also practical insights into working with fathers with learning difficulties.

Speakers at the events will include:

  • Beth Tarleton – (Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol and Co-ordinator of WTPN) speaking on Positive Practice in Supporting Parents with learning difficulties.
  • Nadine Tilbury – (WTPN Policy Officer) speaking about the policy and legal basis for requiring compliance with the principles of the Good Practice Guidance.
  • Dr Jon Symonds – (Research Associate, University of Bristol) speaking on working with fathers with learning difficulties.
  • Penny Welbourne – (associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Social Work, Plymouth University) speaking on participation and challenges to participation: parents, capacity and the courts (only in Plymouth)

You can book at:

If your working role requires you to have any responsibility for ensuring that the Articles 6 (fair processes, 8 (family life) and 14 (prohibition of discrimination) human rights of parents with learning difficulties and those of their children are respected, then you can book your place by following the links above.

The Working Together with Parents Network (WTPN) provides a free UK-wide resource for professionals working with parent with learning difficulties. It shares positive practice in a range of sectors including health and social care, legal education and advocacy support. For more information about the WTPN see www.wtpn.co.uk or email wtw-n@bristol.ac.uk