Down Syndrome Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:23 pm on 4th February 2022.

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Photo of Jo Gideon Jo Gideon Conservative, Stoke-on-Trent Central 1:23 pm, 4th February 2022

My hon. Friend makes a good point and we touched on it earlier. An understanding of what support is needed specifically is probably not good enough in the world of employment, education and local authorities as statutory providers. What this Bill will do, I believe, is put a duty of care on everybody, but also a duty of education. In my experience, employers genuinely want to be helpful to everybody in their communities, but there is a role for all of us to play in understanding what additional support might need to be provided to people with Down syndrome. I am sure that there are good local examples, but it is challenging for employers if they do not have that knowledge. We should consider that as part of the duty to develop personal development paths for young people with Down syndrome.