The National Charter For Inclusion

The Full Charter is now available to download:

National Charter 2011

Key Message: People with Learning Disabilities from BME communities and their families need to get information in a way that they understand and have support to use it well.

 

1 People with Learning Disabilities from BME communities are supported and
encouraged to take part in society at all levels of public engagement (take
part in important meetings).

2 Advocacy for BME communities is well planned and funded.

3 Support is offered that enables people with Learning Disabilities from
BME communities to travel safely.

4 People with Learning Disabilities from BME communities are supported to
live safely and happily, free from abuse and hate crime.

 

1 Health plans / passports are available to everyone with a Learning Disability (for all their medical care) that include reference / checks for specific conditions for that person’s ethnic origin (where their family is from).

2 Health professionals are trained to work successfully with people with Learning Disabilities and understand their cultural needs.

3 Health checks, health screening and illness prevention (keeping people well) are available to everyone and take account of a person’s ethnic origin.

4 Health and wellbeing boards and any health planning groups include people with Learning Disabilities and their family carers from BME communities.

work

1 Paid work for people with Learning Disabilities from BME communities is the goal (what we are working towards).

2 The value of employment in terms of living happily e.g. friends, respect, use of time, etc, is recognised and people are helped to find opportunities in a culturally appropriate way (a way that fits with their background).

3 Links are made with employers and BME communities so they can work together to find opportunities for people with Learning Disabilities.

4 Families from BME communities are helped to understand all the training and employment opportunities that might be available.  This is part of good transition planning.

1 People with Learning Disabilities from BME communities are given support and choices in where they live.

2 Planning for housing takes time and people are supported from transition onwards.

3 Families are helped to remain involved and understand that independence does not mean managing alone.

4 People with Learning Disabilities from BME communities are supported to have a sense of belonging ­ a place they choose as home.

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Use of the Charter

"I will use this to inform our own inclusion strategy which we are developing with the people we support. I will make sure that our self-advocacy groups and ambassadors are aware of the charter so that they can tell others too, and check we are achieving the goals."

"We will be looking to adopt the National Charter for Inclusion as part of our own updated single Equality Scheme, which will in turn recognise the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty, which places additional obligations on public authorities and those who provide services through public money."

"We will build the principles of the Charter into project planning and improve our outreach into the community."

"I will ensure that the charter is circulated and enforced by other professionals when working with all members of the community."

"We will provide a copy for our service users, families and staff and plan to refer to the Charter in Induction and Diversity training."