A GP guide to parenting support for patients with intellectual disability

GPs can make a big difference to the health, safety and wellbeing of children born to a parent with intellectual disability. Here’s how.

Need to know:

  • The legal right of people with intellectual disability to be parents is enshrined in the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disability, which also establishes their right to receive appropriate supports to help them parent well.
  • Parenting is a learned set of skills, developed ‘on the job’.