Implementation of active support over time in Australia

Bigby, Christine and Bould, Emma and Beadle-Brown, Julie (2017) Implementation of active support over time in Australia. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, . pp. 1-13. ISSN 1366-8250. E-ISSN 1469-9532. (doi: (Full text available)

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Background: Research indicates the value of active support in achieving good outcomes across a number of quality of life domains for people with intellectual disabilities. However, implementation is not easy, and little research has explored why. We aimed to identify some of the factors that impact on implementation of active support in supported accommodation services. Methods: Data on the quality of active support, staff training and practice leadership were collected through staff questionnaires, observations and manager interviews, for between two and four years across six organisations. Results: Active support improved over time for more able people with intellectual disability, but not for people with higher support needs. There was a weak positive correlation between active support and (1) practice leadership scores, and (2) the percentage of staff reporting active support training. Conclusions: It is important to recognise the influence of practice leadership and staff training on the quality of support and ensure provision for these in funding schemes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Implementation, engagement, active support, practice leadership, training, supported accommodation
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Julie Beadle-Brown
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 13:45 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 12:45 UTC
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