Introduction to Supporting adults with learning disabilities to have better lives framework

This outcomes and improvement framework was commissioned by the LGA and the Association of Directors of Adult Services (ADASS) from Alder Advice working with a steering group including sector led improvement staff, a Director of Adult Social Services (DASS), experienced staff from the learning disability sector and a representative of family carers of people with a learning disability.


The aim of the Supporting adults with learning disabilities to have better lives framework is to help DASS work with their colleagues and partners to identify how they can improve their support to adults with learning disabilities and how they can be assured that the care and support in their area is delivering positive outcomes and is good value for money.

The framework is principally aimed at addressing services for adults with a learning disability and young people preparing for adulthood. This includes autistic people who also have a learning disability. It does not include autistic people without a learning disability, as they are likely to have different needs.

Councils or regions can independently self-evaluate their support for adults with learning disabilities against the framework. We have developed survey tools and a data template to assist councils in carrying out a self-assessment. This approach helps councils to reflect on current system service delivery before developing a transformation action plan.

To find out more about the support we can offer in using this framework please email chip@local.gov.uk and a member of the team will be in touch.

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