The aim of this paper is to describe the development of a Keeping Safe Talking Mats resource: a conversation framework to enable people with learning disability to reflect on their lives and express their views including any areas of concern. It will discuss the results from a Scotland wide implementation project.
The resource was informed by learning from several previous projects. Training courses have been run for staff to become confident using it and build their skills in supporting people with learning disabilities should disclosures arise. Staff are evaluating the use of the resource in their work settings.
As at March 2015, 67 people have been trained. We are currently evaluating the use of the resource in different settings. Initial evaluation indicates that the framework allows people with learning disability discuss issues that might not otherwise be explored, which leads to a safer and more protective environment.
A practical resource has been produced that allows staff to discuss issues in a way that promotes quality communication and improves information gained. It also enables people with a learning disability permission to talk about things that they might not otherwise voice. This is inherently protective.