Working with adults with hidden disabilities

Not all disabilities can be seen from a person’s outward appearance. Hidden disabilities are sometimes also called invisible disabilities and include, for example, mental and physical health problems and developmental disabilities.

Following the publication of Safeguarding Adult Review Ryan, Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership would like to make you aware of the multi-agency guidance on working with adults with hidden disabilities. This guidance is published on the APPP Resource.

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman said; “The Equality Act 2010 requires councils to anticipate the needs of people who may need to access their services. This means when councils are alerted to the fact someone might need to be treated in a different way, they should ask that person what adjustments are needed, and consider whether these are reasonable…. We recognise the significant challenges faced by public service providers in adapting their processes to the needs of people who may require adjustments, particularly where the services have been automated. But this is a duty councils must meet and needs they must anticipate.”

Posted on Monday 13th July 2020