Leading Charities come together to Tackle Bullying of People who have Learning Disabilities
To coincide with learning disability week (17-23 June 2013) ENABLE Scotland held a highly successful information exchange event on 19 June to bring together organisations that have experience of anti-bullying interventions for children and young people in Scotland. Delegates had a shared interest in contributing to the development of best practice in relation to addressing the bullying of disabled children, young people and adults.
The event, which was held at ENABLE Scotland’s national office at Eurocentral, brought together organisations including the Scottish Government, Respect Me, NSPCC and Quarriers.
Representatives from Downs Syndrome Scotland, SCLD and Edinburgh City Council also attended.
Jan Savage, ENABLE Scotland’s Head of Campaigns and Policy said: “ENABLE Scotland wants to put an end to the unacceptable bullying of people who have learning disabilities. Our event brought together experts from across the voluntary and statutory sectors to share experiences and opinion about the gaps in current anti bullying messages about disability, and the best way to deliver those messages. We want to work with children and young people in particular to influence the behaviour and attitudes of a new generation of Scots towards learning disability.
It was great to see these key organisations coming around the table to work on generating ideas in relation to the evolution of anti-bullying interventions. We are keen to keep this dialogue going and would love to hear from any other organisation interested in working together to tackle the bullying of people who have learning disabilities.”
• ENABLE Scotland is the country’s leading charity for children and adults who have learning disabilities.
• We are a member-led organisation. Local ENABLE branches are made up of volunteers, mostly people with learning disabilities and their families and carers
• Learning disability affects around 1 in 50 people. The most well known form is Down’s syndrome, although there are many others. There is no cure for learning disability.
• ENABLE Scotland was formed in 1954 by a group of families whose lives were affected by learning disability.
• We campaign for people who have learning disabilities to live full and independent lives.
• We provide services to allow people to live work and take part in their communities.