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Make it mainstream

Author:
WATES Michele
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 25.9.03, 2003, pp.40-41.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Reports on a study which highlights how disabled parents want more access to formal support and services. The Disabled Parents Network surveyed existing groups and networks supporting parents with chronic illness, physical and sensory impairments, those with learning difficulties or with mental health needs. The consultation included 120 returned questionnaires, nine focus group meetings and informal interviews. Over 150 disabled parents were involved. The research highlighted the need for a more coordinated approach to provide holistic provision for families.

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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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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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