chapter  19
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Professional and ethical issues when working with learning disabled clients

ByPETER FORSTER, RACHEL TRIBE

Overall, prevalence rates for a mild learning disability range between three and six people per thousand of the general population (DH, 2001). In the UK, it is estimated that up to 350,000 people have a severe learning disability and as many as 1,750,000 people may have a mild learning disability (The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, 2003). Although recent initiatives such as Valuing People: A New Strategy for Learning Disability for the 21st Century (DH, 2001) as well as the Six Lives Report (DH, 2010) and the Winterbourne Enquiry (2013) have ensured the lives of learning disabled people have become an issue of public and political importance, historically, the treatment of this population has been poor (Sperlinger, 1997).