- Some research shows that parents with learning disabilities often have their children removed from their care. When someone is worried about a person with learning disabilities caring for a child, magistrates in family courts sometimes decide who will look after the child.
- Researchers interviewed four family court magistrates. They were interested in what it has been like for the magistrates making decisions in court when the parent had a learning disability.
- This article talks about three parts of their stories:
- ○their knowledge about learning disabilities and what they think others know,
- ○important things when deciding whether a parent can look after their child, and
- ○whether knowing a person with a learning disability changes what they do as a magistrate.
- The findings could be used to help people with learning disabilities think about what things might be important if someone is worried about them looking after their children.