Social Work Events Working with Parents with Learning Disabilities

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This masterclass, brought to you by Yorkshire and Rural Teaching Partnership and University of York, promotes communication and knowledge sharing between academics and social work and social care professionals.

In this session we will present what we have learned so far from a project that we have been conducting about asset-based approaches to working with parents with learning disabilities. We have been talking with parents and professionals all over the country about the experiences that parents have of bringing up their children, the supports that they rely on, and resources that they access within their communities. The project is a collaboration between researchers from the University of York and York People First.


Jenny Threlfall, Lecturer in Social Work at University of York.  Jenny practised in communities in both the UK and the US before completing her PhD that explored the experiences of African American parents in low-income urban neighbourhoods.  Her current research projects focus on asset-based approaches to supporting parents with learning disabilities, and on using film and literature to promote anti-racist social work practice.


Hannah Jobling, Lecturer in Social Work at the University of York.  Hannah has undertaken qualitative research across a range of topics including young people’s transitions to adulthood, experiences of coercion in the mental health system, anti-racist practice, and community and asset-based support for parents with learning disabilities.  Her primary interests are on the relationship between individuals and the state, and the mediating role of law and policy in social work practice.


Katie Graham, Lecturer in Social Work at the University of York.  Katie has a background of working with people with learning difficulties and specialist adult safeguarding.  Her research has stemmed from seeing things first hand, it focuses on personalisation of adult social care and people being able to take control of their own lives.  Her interest is in working with people with learning difficulties to see how we can improve opportunities and develop more inclusive communities.

How to book

Before booking please check with your Line Manager/Workforce Development team to ensure that your application follows any local policy and procedures.  This is a free seminar for partnership placement providers.

Delivery Method

This session will be delivered virtually via Teams.  Participants who have booked will be sent the event link during the week before the session.

Venue details
Virtual Teams Meeting