The Big Bedtime Audit and LD in the News.

Written by Clare Melvin

The Big Bedtime Audit.

The Big Bedtime audit was set up to investigate what people with learning disabilities in the community are doing at 8pm.  People are concerned about what time individuals with learning disabilities go to bed.  This is because many who previously lived in hospitals or institutions were told when to go to bed, despite being adults capable of making their own choices.  There are concerns that some ‘hospital habits’ are continuing in the community for people with learning disabilities.

How was the Big Bedtime Audit completed?

The Centre for Disability Research sent two social work teams to find out what was happening at 8 o’clock in the evening in the homes of people with learning disabilities.

The homes were all in the community. They visited supported tenancies, supported living houses, residential care homes and nursing homes.

The homes were in two different local authorities. Visits were made to people in one area on a Thursday evening and people in another area on a Friday evening. Altogether  263 people were visited. They visited again after six months.

This is they found people were doing at 8 o’clock in the evening:

  • Most people were getting ready for bed or in bed.
  • Only a small amount of people had gone out for the evening.
  • Less than a quarter were at home and not ready for bed.
  • Some people were already asleep in bed.
  • People in residential and nursing homes were more likely to be in bed.
  • Nearly half of staff said that the person was in bed because it was their choice.
  • People in supported tenancies were less likely to be ready for bed.

You can read more about the Big Bedtime Audit, including the easy read information, here and more about StayUpLate here.

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Transition for young people with learning disabilities or Autism: 

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A small research team from the Tizard Centre, University of Kent, are trying to find out more about what happens when young people with learning disabilities or autism leave residential school or college.  The research team includes family carers and people with learning disabilities/autism as advisors and they are looking to interview young people and family carers about their views and experiences of the transition process.  The project is dedicated to finding out: where young people with learning disabilities or autism go after residential school/college, what their experiences (good and bad) are of the move and how the moving on process can be improved for everyone involved.  If you would like to know more or take part in the project please see this Tizard Research Poster or the project website.  You can also contact Nicola Elson at


  • The Second Tizard Forensic Conference is being held at Friends House, London on December 19th 2018.  This conference is about people LD and/or autism in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and will explore issues about autism and the CJS, and consider how screening for intellectual disabilities is advancing in various parts of the Criminal Justice System (eg police stations and prisons). There will be presentations on new treatment programmes available in prisons and in the NHS/health sector. Talks will also cover recent and forthcoming changes to probation services and consider the progress made through the Government’s Transforming Care programme.  This conference is suitable for carers, health professionals, staff from social services, probation services, prisons, police, lawyers and people with learning disabilities themselves. Find out more and book a place here.
  • Learning Disability Today Conference, London. The annual event welcomes all with accessible talks consisting of three main topic streams (1) Autism & Learning Disability, (2) Health & Welbeing, (3) Policy & Practice.  The CPD certified conference is being held at the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court, on 28th November 2018. Find out more and book your place here.

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