Building Bridges Training is passionate about spreading the word that parents with a learning disability need good support. One of our trainers is the mother of a young adult, and several other trainers have had the experience of having children removed by social services.

Building Bridges Training offers the following training and resources for promoting good practice working with parents with a learning disability.


Building Bridges Training is a member of the Working Together with Parents Network. This is a network for professionals to promote good support, and is an initiative of Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol.


We have had articles published about our training in Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International Journal (Bayliss et al. 2012) and about having children removed in Community Living magazine (Tilly 2013).


  • We have produced a leaflet on how to run good meetings with parents with a learning disability. For a free pdf or hard copy of the leaflet please contact Building Bridges office via


  • We can deliver a one day training event aimed at staff who work in children’s services and need to know how to deliver good support to parents with a learning disability.  This training is co-delivered with a parent with a learning disability. Please download this leaflet or contact Liz via for more information.


  • As part of our work with Working Together with Parents Network we ran a focus group on what parents say about assessments. For a copy please contact Building Bridges office via


  • We have written and delivered a bespoke course for parents who were undergoing child protection proceedings. It was accredited with Open College Network West Midlands Region. It was delivered in 2 hour sessions over 10 weeks, with the parents doing a homework task and learning log in own time. It enabled the parents to document their current parenting knowledge and through discussion with the tutor to gain new knowledge. This course contributed to the parents having a phased return home of their child. Please contact Liz via for more information on bespoke accredited courses.


Mother and child

"We are a member of the Working Together with Parents Network"



Bayliss, T., Tilly, L., et al. (2012)

Training for Staff on ‘Making a Difference for Parents with a Learning Disability’.

Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International Journal.


Tilly, L. (2013).

An Enduring Sense of Loss." Community Living 26(3): 18-19.

Give us a call:

0121 559 9197

What else do we do?


As well as training, we can do research projects, consultancy, group facilitation, and user-led monitoring and evaluations.


We are based in Sandwell in the West Midlands. We can travel to venues which take one hour travel time.


Please contact us for an individual quote, which depends on the number of people we train, plus our travel costs.