Spirituality and learning disability: a review of UK Government guidance

P. Nonye Sango, Rachel Forrester-Jones

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Abstract

Purpose ? Despite spirituality being a key aspect of quality of life, it appears to remain a low-priority area for social and health care government policy. The purpose of this paper is to identify and describe what, if at all, UK policy says about spirituality in relation to the care of people with learning disabilities (LD). Design/methodology/approach ? A systematic policy review using three government databases: legislation.gov.uk; Department of Health and Directgov (now known as gov.uk) was carried out. Findings ? The review identified policy gaps and a general lack of government directives in relation to the spiritual care of people with LD. Whilst research in this area is gathering momentum, practical implementation which makes a real difference to the spiritual experiences of people with LD appears to be sparse. Originality/value ? To the authors? knowledge, this is the first systematic policy review on this subject area, highlighting the need for spirituality to become a more supported aspect of social care within LD services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-177
Number of pages8
JournalTizard Learning Disability Review
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • Religion, UK, Policy, Learning disabilities, Spirituality, Government documents, Intellectual disability

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