This is a handy guide to the topics you need to know about whether studying or working in the field of learning disabilities. The A-Z format allows you to “dip in” and quickly find relevant information on topics ranging from Autism to Rights and from Advocacy to Challenging Behaviors.

Service Philosophy

Service philosophy
BethGreenhill and GedCarney


A service philosophy can be defined as a set of beliefs and principles that guide and direct a service. It may apply to statutory health, education and social services as well as to voluntary or private sector organisations. Service philosophies in learning disability services often reflect changes in our historical and sociological understanding of learning disabilities. Service philosophies are frequently foregrounded in learning disability services because of the disempowerment of service users and the desire to prevent abuses of power which have occurred both in the past and more recently.

Key Points

  • Service philosophies are influenced by the historical context and social constructions of learning disability.
  • Person-centred planning remains a strong influence on service philosophies.
  • Service philosophies are now usually rights-based and increasingly reflect the ...
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