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Monthly archives for October, 2016

Rachel Butt, Outstanding Advocate!

Posted on 20th October 2016 by

Rachel with Outstanding Advocate award

Congratulations to Rachel Butt, our Interact Senior Advocate working with parents with learning disabilities, who has been honoured with the Outstanding Advocate award at the inaugural National Advocacy Awards.

Rachel works with parents with learning disabilities in Brighton & Hove, many of whom struggle to get the support they need to care for their child. Advocacy helps people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.

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Interact & The Baring Foundation – project update

Posted on 17th October 2016 by

Interact Baring team returns to Brighton hot on the heels of delivering our ‘Parents with LD: securing rights in Practice’ workshops at the British Institute of Learning Disabilities national conference last week.

The workshops were well attended by a cross-section of key professionals in the public and private sector, including providers, commissioners and social workers from adult’s and children’s services across England, Wales and Scotland.

Discussions highlighted gaps between Policy and Practice across the board and the appetite for a clearer understanding of local authorities’ legal duties to parents with learning disabilities where the principle of ‘parenting with support’ must underpin any intervention by children’s services and precede the initiation of care proceedings.

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National Advocacy Awards here we come!

Posted on 12th October 2016 by

We’re on tenterhooks here in the office as four of our staff team are travelling up to Birmingham for the National Advocacy Awards. We are delighted that Impetus staff and services were shortlisted in two separate categories, looking forward to the winners being announced tonight.

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Our Interact Senior Advocate Rachel B is in the final three for Outstanding Advocate Award.

The organisers say: This category recognises people who truly make a difference to the world through their advocacy practice. We are looking to celebrate individuals whose contribution has directly led to improvements or change for people or organisations. This could be someone who has:

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