Jargon Buster

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Below you will find a glossary of terms used across our website. 

LD - Learning Disability

ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder

CPA - Care Programme Approach

MHA - Mental Health Act

QDR - Quality Development Review

PATHSPositive Behaviour Support, Appreciative Inquiry, Therapeutic Outcomes, Healthy Lifestyles, Safe Services

PBS - Positive Behaviour Support

RCA - Root Cause Analysis

SUI - Serious Untoward Incidents


The Care and Support Jargon Buster from SCIE

This is a plain English guide to social care words and phrases. The definitions are plain English rather than legal, and were developed and tested by a steering group that included people who use services, carers, representatives from local authorities, information providers and key stakeholders from across the social care sector.

The Care and Support Jargon Buster won a Plain English Campaign Award in 2013.

View it here

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