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Disabled parents: examining research assumptions

Authors:
OLSEN Richard, WATES Michele
Publisher:
Research in Practice
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
70p.,bibliog
Place of publication:
Dartington

This review identifies and reviews the existing research on disabled parents and 'young carers' outlining three perspectives: personal, ecological, and organisational. It addresses new directions that could be taken in terms of good and supportive practice. It places this within the legislative, policy and practice context. review. Although it is crucial to the welfare of children that all parents are well supported, much evidence has emerged over the past decade pointing to the fact that it is very hard for parents with chronic illnesses, physical and/or sensory impairments, Deaf parents, those with learning difficulties, those with particular mental health needs and those with drug or alcohol related issues, to access information, resources and support to help them fulfil their parenting responsibilities. This has had serious implications for the welfare of large numbers of families. These groups of parents are collectively described in this review as disabled parents.

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Bigger than the sky: disabled women on parenting

Editors:
WATES Michele, JADE Rowen
Publisher:
Women's Press
Publication year:
1999
Pagination:
202p.
Place of publication:
London

This anthology challenges rigid, limiting views of what it means to be a disabled woman, and of what a parent is and does. Disabled women describe having to fight for the right to become pregnant, the pleasure of teaching children the benefits of having a "different" mother; and the delight of involving themselves in a child's life. Whether it be a birth mother, an adoptive parent, a godparent, a friend, or a woman who has made a positive choice not to become a parent, these disabled women are asserting their right to explore the diversity of experience.

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Supporting disabled adults in their parenting role

Author:
WATES Michele
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation,|York Publishing Services
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
92p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
York

The Social Services inspectorate report "A jigsaw of services" made the point that the parenting support needs of disabled adults frequently fall between adult community care provision and children's services. Michele Wates carried out a survey to find out whether social services departments have policies/protocols in relation to providing services to parents with physical and sensory impairments and/or learning difficulties and, if so, how effective these are likely to be in meeting the needs of families. An analysis of the responses from 125 social services departments and of 31 policies/protocols provides the basis for these findings.

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It shouldn't be down to luck: results of a DPN consultation with disabled parents on access to information and services to support parenting

Author:
WATES Michele
Publisher:
Disabled Parents Network
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
70p.
Place of publication:
London

Whilst it is crucial to the welfare of children that all parents are well supported, there has been much evidence over the past decade pointing to the fact that it is very hard for parents with chronic illnesses, physical and/or sensory impairments, Deaf parents, those with learning difficulties and those with particular mental health needs to access information, resources and support to help them fulfil their parenting responsibilities. The aim was to identify useful sources of information and support and at the same time to find out whether there were particular points at which parents had experienced difficulty or were not happy with what was available. The aim was also to check out whether what the SSI said in respect of social services departments applies across other agencies and the voluntary sector.

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