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Journal cover: Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

ISSN: 2044-1282
Previously published as: Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Online from: 2010

Subject Area: Health and Social Care

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Experiences of violence at work in community intellectual disability teams


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Title:Experiences of violence at work in community intellectual disability teams
Author(s):Shona Daynes, (Challenging Behaviour Commissioning and Support Team, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Horsham, UK), Sarah Wills, (Challenging Needs Service, St Leonards on Sea, UK), Peter Baker, (Positive Behaviour Support Team, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Worthing, UK)
Citation:Shona Daynes, Sarah Wills, Peter Baker, (2011) "Experiences of violence at work in community intellectual disability teams", Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 5 Iss: 3, pp.6 - 14
Keywords:Aggression, Communities, Intellectual disabilities, Learning disabilities, Risk management, Violence
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/20441281111142576 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The authors are grateful to all the community intellectual disability staff who took part in the questionnaire and interview elements of this study.
Abstract:

Purpose – Much of the research related to experiences of violence at work in intellectual disability services has focused on paid carers, with very little exploring the experiences of staff in community intellectual disability teams (CIDT). This study aims to address this issue.

Design/methodology/approach – This study began with a brief survey sent to staff across six CIDTs in South East England. These experiences were further explored with in-depth interviews with a sub-sample of the respondents.

Findings – The results of the survey indicated that 34 per cent of the respondents (n=105) had experienced some form of verbal or physical aggression at work during the previous six months. Emerging themes focused on the types of risks faced by this staff group; factors that helped with risk assessment and management (and why these things do not always happen); and how workers develop the skills in managing these risks.

Originality/value – Implications are discussed in terms of gaps in current formal training and the role of more informal learning processes in addressing the specific needs of staff working with this client group.



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