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Danshell Learning Disability and Autism Services 

Danshell supports and cares for adults living with a learning disability, who may also have a diagnosis of autism, in specialist supported living, residential services and hospitals. Our aim is to deliver effective and outcome based services within person centred, professional care environments, supporting people to have the most choice and independence possible. We set high standards for ourselves in the delivery of care, and most importantly, we put the people we support at the heart of everything we do.

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There are a range of forensic difficulties for people with learning disabilities. These include offences related to violence, inappropriate sexual behaviour, and fire setting. These problems are often associated with mental health problems, personality disorders, alcohol and substance abuse and disorders with poor impulse control. Generally such problems are confined to people with moderate/mild learning disability.

How we support people with this diagnosis:

Forensic difficulties in people with learning disabilities require a range of specialist input including:

  • Risk assessments for violent and sexual offending
  • An understanding of the issues associated with poor impulse control
  • Knowledge of how to deal with people who suffer from personality disorder and the accurate assessment of associated difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem and substance abuse.

This requires experienced clinicians who have knowledge of the assessment and treatment of associated mental illness. Our clinical and nursing staff are extremely highly skilled in dealing with forensic issues. Our clinicians have vast expertise in assessing and treating people with learning disabilities and forensic problems. Treatment includes medical and psychological interventions for impulse control, treatment for violence and alcohol-related violence, treatment for inappropriate sexual behaviour and promotion of healthy social networks. As with all interventions, quality of life, community engagement and "a good life" are uppermost in treatment provision.

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