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Regard attends the UNCRPD periodic examination in Westminster


Regard attends the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) periodic examination in Westminster

Regard’s Head of Behaviour Support, James Kiamtia-Cooper, is attending a series of events hosted by the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) as the UK begins its first periodic examination of the UNCRPD. Conducted by the UN Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the examination will consider the UK’s progress towards full implementation of the Convention.

At the first gathering members and stakeholders raised a number of priority issues and amendments to be taken back by UK Equality and Human Rights Commission to UN in Geneva. These included:

  • Areas around the impact of public expenditure in social care system (Article 19)
  • Accommodation needs including independent living (Article 9)
  • Employment for people specifically with learning disabilities
  • Health inequality in relation to people with learning disabilities (Article 25)
  • Discrimination of individuals with disabilities.

James Kiamtia-Cooper’s particular emphasis for comment (which was noted for review) underlined the seemingly commonplace use of restraint, seclusion and medication in secure health and care settings. In addition, James discussed the conventions obligation to focus upon proactive approaches in care which maximise the quality of life for the individuals who live in all care settings. This is in line with the core values of PBS and The Regard Group.

Additionally, it is crucial for the UNCRDP to consider how it will outline the prerequisite for regular review, to monitor use of medication and restraint (Article 15), in preference of less restrictive approaches such as positive behavioural support strategies. Indeed, a clear message for the need for evidential ‘restraint reduction process’ and how the mechanisms for ensuring the mismanagement of people with disabilities, concerning sedation or restraint is not lost under the convention. The Office for disability issues welcomes stakeholder involvement.

James Kiamtia-Cooper noted, “Days such as these area real pleasure to be involved in, particularly the debate and discussion that surrounds the event. It is important that The Regard Group continue to provide stakeholder involvement and input on issue that relation to national policy for people with disabilities.”

James will be attending further Westminster meetings which are scheduled for April and September.