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Deborah Kitson

Director, Ann Craft Trust, Faculty of Social Sciences



BA Hons Social Administration, MA Social Work, CQSW Deborah Kitson worked for Nottinghamshire Social Services (1977-1992) as a social worker with children and adults with learning disabilities before being appointed as Implementation Officer for Nottinghamshire Abuse Procedural Guidelines based in the department of Learning Disabilities at the University of Nottingham. She assisted in the production of the guidelines and their revision and is now a consultant for other agencies developing policies and guidelines on sexuality and the protection of people with learning disabilities. Deborah was the co-ordinator of the Ann Craft Trust (formerly known as NAPSAC - National Association for the Protection from Sexual Abuse of Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities), from 1998 and was appointed as the Trust's Director in February 2002. She has continued to facilitate training on a wide range of associated issues and regularly presents at national conferences. She represents the Trust on a number of government bodies and contributes to the planning and implementation of new national initiatives. She was also a member of the Steering Group of 'No Secrets' and is the external representative on a number of Adult Protection Committees.

Research Summary

Financial abuse of people with learning disabilities

Past Research

Selected Publications Kitson, D. & Wilson, C. (2006) "Making the Difference: Supporting parents with a learning disability" ACT Kitson, D. & Bailey, Jill. (2001) "Facing the Possibility" ARC Chapters in books Kitson, D. (October, 2010) 'Sexuality and Learning Disabilities: A Handbook' edited by Michelle McCarthy and David Thompson (Pavilion) Kitson, D (2008) "The Abuse in Institutions and the Resulting Inquiries" in J. Pritchard (ed) "Good Practice with Vulnerable Adults" (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) Kitson, D.& Clawson,R.(2007) "Safeguarding Children with Disabilities" in "Child Protection Handbook2 - third edition (Elsevier) pp 161-180 Fyson, R, Kitson, D & Corbett, A (2004) "Learning Disability, Abuse & Inquiry" in N. Stanley & J. Manthorpe (eds) "The Age of Inquiry" London: Routledge pp 215-231 Recent journal articles Kitson, D. & Leaviss, P. (2011) 'Good Practice - Peer informed training programme' Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International issue 73 pp10-11. Kitson, D. & Fyson, R. (2011) 'Human rights and social wrongs: issues in safeguarding adults with learning disabilities' Practice, Routledge. Fyson, R. and Kitson, D. (2007) 'Independance or protection - does it have to be a choice? Reflections on the abuse of people with learning disabilities in Cornwall'. Critical Social Policy, 27(3), 426-436. Kitson, D. & Maguire, S. (2007) "A Collaborative Approach" Learning Disability Today Kitson, D. (2007) "Enhancing Protection" Community Connecting Issue 9 Kitson, D. & Maguire, S. (2007) Working in Partnership - enhancing protection SITRA (Feb) pp 8 Kitson, D. (2007) When Will We Ever Learn? Community Connecting Issue 8 Kitson, D. (2007) ACTing Against Abuse, Learning Disability Today 7:2 pp 40-42

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