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Adults with Learning Difficulties

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken to ensure that adults with learning difficulties report crimes to the police; and how this action has been communicated to people with learning difficulties. (71987)

In November 2005, the Home Office hosted a workshop attended by representatives of organisations who work with people who have learning disabilities. Since then, an Action Plan has been developed specifically to tackle low reporting rates amongst people in this vulnerable group. Among other things, the Action Plan identifies the need to raise awareness of sexual abuse with vulnerable adults and we are working to take these actions forward.

The Home Office has also worked with Respond, Mencap, the Down's Syndrome Association and the National Forum for People with Learning Difficulties to produce an easy-access booklet called “Protecting You from Sexual Abuse”, and this can be found on the Home Office website. The booklet has been written for people with learning disabilities to provide information and guidance on the law in relation to sexual offences.