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Book

Children first: working with children and disability

Author:
MIDDLETON Laura
Publisher:
Venture Press/British Association of Social Workers
Publication year:
1992
Pagination:
135p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Birmingham

Aims to demystify and remove the fear from working with disability and translate the philosophy of the Children Act 1989 into practice. Provides a guide to all legislation affecting disabled children, including the Disabled Persons Act 1986 and the Education Reform Act 1988. Alerts professionals to the risk of abuse of disabled children. Explores the needs of parents and relates current social theories of disabilities to attitudes adopted towards children.

Journal article

A disabling childhood

Author:
MIDDLETON Laura
Journal article citation:
Childright, 113, January 1995, pp.25-27.
Publisher:
Children's Legal Centre

Discusses society's denial of the civil rights of children with disabilities.

Journal article

Why our child care services are reinforcing disability

Author:
MIDDLETON Laura
Journal article citation:
Professional Social Work, October 1994, p.8.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

Argues that most respite care for disabled children by social services departments flies in the face of child care principles.

Journal article

A fight for the right to equality

Author:
MIDDLETON Laura
Journal article citation:
Professional Social Work, February 2000, pp.4-5.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

Parents of disabled children frequently have to fight for services. In this article the author challenges professionals to drop the concept of 'special needs' and offer quality service to all children.

Journal article

The social exclusion of disabled children: the role of the voluntary sector in the contract culture

Author:
MIDDLETON Laura
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 14(1), January 1999, pp.129-139.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Argues that the role played in educational terms by special schools is being mirrored in welfare by voluntary organisations who provide separate services for disabled children. The impact of the contract culture is reinforcing this trend so that the imperative in the Children Act 1989 to integrate is being undermined by the growing role of voluntary organisations as providers, rather than innovators or advocates. The article draws on previously published research into the changes in social workers role in relation to child protection, since the Children Act and a previously unpublished case study in a voluntary sector project.

Book

Disabled children: challenging social exclusion

Author:
MIDDLETON Laura
Publisher:
Blackwell Science
Publication year:
1999
Pagination:
175p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Oxford

Focuses on thinking inclusively when designing, planning and providing services for disabled children. Addresses key issues such as: communication; family support; protection; confidence in services; advocacy; children's rights; and anti oppressive practice. Draws on disabled young people's own experiences of health, education and social welfare systems and offers explanations for continued prejudice against disabled people in an age of equal opportunity.

Journal article

Services for disabled children: integrating the perspective of social workers

Author:
MIDDLETON Laura
Journal article citation:
Child and Family Social Work, 3(4), November 1998, pp.239-246.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This article addresses questions about the appropriate focus and direction of social work with disabled children, by triangulating parental views with those of social workers. Parents of nine disabled children were interviewed following the introduction of a specialist disability team in an inner city borough, following the implementation of the Children Act 1989. The parents' views reflect confusion and the need for emotional as well as material support, the last framed variously as counselling, advice and someone to listen. Social workers' comments on these findings, revealed a lack of confidence in their own abilities, a lack of clarity in their role and increasing disillusion with the services of their organisations.

Journal article

Consumer satisfaction with services for disabled children

Author:
MIDDLETON Laura
Journal article citation:
Journal of Interprofessional Care, 12(2), May 1998, pp.223-231.
Publisher:
Informa Healthcare

This article uses existing literature and research to discuss deficiencies in the field of total care for disabled children. Discusses what the reasons for this might be, given the explicit mandate in the Children Act for England and Wales to ameliorate the effects of disability. In particular it balances the parental viewpoint with that of the child, and emphasises the professional difficulties in managing that balance. It raises the complication of child abuse, which is still not widely accepted as a problems for disabled children despite overwhelming research evidence.

Book

Making a difference: social work with disabled children

Author:
MIDDLETON Laura
Publisher:
Venture Press/British Association of Social Workers
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
170p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Birmingham

Offers a model of social work centred around addressing the experience of disabled children as a human rights issue. Describes the relevant duties and powers of the Children Act 1989 and suggests ways of working within the legislation which are child centred and anti-oppressive. Emphasises the need to have confidence in basic childcare principles and social work skills as well as exploring the responsibilities of social work within the new ABC of assessment, brokerage and care management. Sees child protection as a key area where improving services to include disabled children will have positive spin-offs for the quality of child care practice as a whole.

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