Care Management Group (CMG) and CHANGE People have officially launched a new guide promoting and supporting online safety, at the Learning Disability England conference.
CMG and CHANGE People have joined together in partnership to launch the guide, which aims to inform and support young people and adults with learning disabilities with how to stay safe when using the internet.
The internet and social media bring significant advantages for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, including engaging and interacting with friends and family, developing friendships, being connected socially, and having access to opportunities and experiences they may have not have otherwise had. There are, however, risks with the internet, and the new guide aims to raise awareness of the dangers, so that people can keep themselves safe.
CMG and CHANGE People are committed to supporting people with learning disabilities in all aspects of daily life, and the guide is tailored to be easy-to-read, so users can easily access the information. To create the Guide, CHANGE People facilitated two Focus Group sessions with individuals that CMG supports, incorporating their thoughts and feelings into the guide.
At the conference, the Guide was launched and presented by Ryan, who lives in a CMG supported living service, Michael Fullerton, Clinical Director for CMG and Shaun Webster, for CHANGE People.
CMG is a leading care provider for people with learning disabilities and associated complex needs and CHANGE People is a not-for-profit organisation led by Disabled People, which works to build an inclusive society where people with learning disabilities are treated equally.
Michael Fullerton, Clinical Director for CMG, said:
“We are delighted to have partnered with CHANGE People and to have officially launched this new guide, helping people stay safe online.
“The internet and social media is such a huge part of daily life now and is such an important tool for staying connected and engaged. It is important for us to have created this guide so that we can ensure that people are aware of both the benefits and dangers of using the internet, so that they can use it to their best advantage. A huge thank you to CHANGE People – it has been fantastic collaborating with them on such a positive project which we hope will support so many people to stay safe online.”