Adult Social Care - Learning Disability


The Isle of Wight Council provides a range of services to support adults with a learning disability. We also work in close partnership with other Island agencies to provide information and support services.

A learning disability is:

  • When you find it difficult to understand new or complicated information or learn new skills.
  • When you find it difficult to cope on your own.
  • Something that started before you were an adult, and had a lasting effect on your development.


You may have a learning disability and think you need help, or know someone who has a learning disability who you think needs help.

The first step is to ask for an assessment from a social worker, to see if we can offer you a service that will help.

On the Isle of Wight there is a wide range of support available to people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.

We assess people's needs and develop individual support plans. We support everyone to be as independent as possible whilst making sure they are safeguarded from harm.

Keeping Adults with a Learning Disability Safe

If you are concerned about an adult and wish to report possible abuse or neglect of an adult with care and support needs please follow the instructions below or on the council’s keeping adults safe website.

If you suspect someone is in immediate risk, harm or danger, please telephone the Police on 999.

If you think there has been a crime but it is not an emergency call 101.

If you are concerned that an adult is, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, please call the Safeguarding Team on 01983 814980 (outside office hours call 01983 821105) or email


Adult Learning Disability Strategy

The Isle of Wight Council (IWC), Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and People Matter IW have a joint Adult Learning Disability Strategy  (PDF, 400 KB, 40 pages) for the delivery of providing support to adults with a learning disability.

The strategy is also available in an easy read format. (PDF, 1.45 MB, 15 pages).

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment web page contains lots of information to help people with a learning disability to live their life like any other person.