Checking the Quality of Support
- Knowing how to support someone to plan for, and participate in, their annual reviews to get the right support
- People with learning disabilities and family carers having a key role in improving the quality of support
- People with learning disabilities and family carers knowing how to speak up about poor support
- Support organisations know what good support looks like from the perspective of people receiving it
How we can help
Together Matters is able to help in a range of ways including:
- Help support providers, advocacy groups or local authorities to develop a quality checking service
- Provide quality checking training for people with learning disabilities and family carers
- Help mainstream services evaluate how well their service works for people with learning disabilities and recommend improvements
- Help organisations and services make Annual Reviews more meaningful for the person whose meeting it is
Resources to help
Click on the link to download our free resources.
This section of Thinking Ahead tells families:
- Some of the things to think about when choosing somewhere to live and/or choosing support
- Tips about how to keep an eye on, and contribute to, the quality of support
- What they should do if they have concerns about the quality of support
Template for your Annual Review: thinking about what’s working well and what could be better
A template to help people plan for their review. Use it to think about what’s working well and what could be better. Make sure discussions at the meeting are focused on what is important to the person whose review it is. Comments can be written under headings for topics you are likely to want to cover in a review. There is space for the views of:
- the person whose review it is
- their family carers
- providers of support
Download and save this version to write in text boxes and save. It can be emailed to others to add comments.
Download this version to read or print and fill in by hand.
This guide is written for family carers and support providers supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism to take part in their annual review with Adult Social Care. You can use it to help people participate, particularly those who find meetings stressful, difficult or boring. It also includes ideas to help people who do not feel able to go to meetings, to contribute in other ways.
The information on this page has been written by Christine Towers of Together Matters. Last reviewed on June 9, 2020. We welcome your feedback on the content.