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The right to be seen and not heard: bringing disabled children into focus

Author:
JONES Hazel
Journal article citation:
Childright, 161, November 1999, pp.8-10.
Publisher:
Children's Legal Centre

A project initiated by the International Save the Children Alliance is documenting examples of rights and good practice in relation to disabled children and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This article describes the project and discusses the invisibility of disabled children.

Journal article

The Memorandum of Good Practice and children with disabilities

Author:
WESTCOTT Helen
Journal article citation:
Journal of Law and Practice, 3(2), January 1994, pp.21-32.
Publisher:
PEPAR Publications

Considers the 1992 Home Office Memorandum of Good Practice on investigative interviews with children who have disabilities, identifying concerns and shortcomings and contradictions within the guidance. Argues that the Memorandum has a limited role for interviewing children with disabilities and that much greater flexibility in investigative interviewing is required to meet their special needs.

Book

A resource pack: developing a key worker service for families with a disabled child

Authors:
MUKHERJEE Suzanne, et al
Publisher:
Care Co-ordination Network UK
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
91p.
Place of publication:
York

This resource pack offers research-based advice on how to develop and implement a key worker services for families with a disabled child. The pack takes the reader through each phase of the process, with examples of activities and exercises which can assist in planning and decision making for each phase. Issues addressed include: what the services should look like; managing change; how to support the service; and facilitating multi-agency steering groups. The pack is aimed at managers and development workers within education services, health services, social services and voluntary organisations.

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Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 and Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004: carers and people with parental responsibility for disabled children: combined draft policy guidance

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Department of Health
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department of Health
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
28p.
Place of publication:
London

The Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 (“the 2000 Act”) enables local authorities to offer carers support. Services to carers are not defined in the Act, and the local authority may provide any services which, in their view, will support the carer in their caring role.. The Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 (“the 2004 Act”) seeks to give carers more choice and better opportunities to lead a more fulfilling life by ensuring that carers receive information about their rights under the 2000 Act. The aim of this policy guidance (which is issued under section 7(1) of the local authority Social Services Act 1970 is to set out the Government’s view of the issues for local authorities in carrying on their functions under the 2000 and 2004 Act as they affect:  carers who provide or intend to provide a substantial amount of care on a regular basis for another individual aged 18 or over; people with parental responsibility for a disabled child who provide or intend to provide a substantial amount of care on a regular basis for the child.

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Involving service users in children's services

Authors:
AXFORD N., BERRY V., BURNS M
Publisher:
Dartington Social Research Unit
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
12p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Totnes

This paper draws on existing research to advise on best practice in involving users. It starts by outlining how users can be involved, first, in relation to their own circumstances or the lives of others, and second at different stages of the service-delivery process. It then highlights common barriers to involving users and strategies for overcoming them. Special attention is paid to children, people with disabilities and those for whom English is not their first language. The paper then discusses other difficulties that threaten successful user involvement, and concludes by suggesting how different stakeholders’ views should be weighed. Useful resources for managers and practitioners are listed at the end.

Book

Social work and evidence-based practice

Editor:
SMITH David
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
189p.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London

Evidence-based practice, what it might mean, how it can be achieved, whether it should be aspired to – is the subject of much debate and argument in social work. Covering areas of social work practice that are well established and those in which evidence is just beginning to become available, the authors address issues such as: what is to count as evidence, and who decides this?; if relevant evidence is agreed on, how should it be used in practice?; how can the thing that made the difference be identified?; should success be measured as the result of the theory employed by the worker, or because the worker is skilled, conscientious and effective?; how predictable, controlled and orderly can social work become?. Exploring these issues within a range of contexts – from child abuse and domestic violence to looked after children and disability, the authors demonstrate why evidence-based practice is important, but also why it is important to think clearly and carefully about its implications for the social work profession and the users of social work services.

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A practitioner's guide to carers' assessments under the Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Department of Health
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department of Health
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
28p.
Place of publication:
London

A carers' assessment under the Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 is carried out at the request of the carer in order: to determine whether the carer is eligible for support; to determine the support needs of the carer (ie what will help the carer in their caring role; and help them to maintain their own health and well -being). To see if those needs can be met by social or other services Carers have a right to an assessment of their needs even where the person cared for has refused an assessment for, or the provision of community care services, provided the person cared for would be eligible for community care services.

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Research into practice

Author:
WINGHAM Gaynor
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 11.03.04, 2004, p.48.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Disabled children and their families are rarely highlighted in reports about housing problems, although unsuitable housing has a major impact on family life. It may be opportune with the current emphasis on integrated children's services to revisit research on good practice in housing disabled children and their families. The needs of disabled children and their families should be included in any study of, or changes to, housing services.

Book

It doesn't happen to disabled children: child protection and disabled children; repoprt of the National Working Group on Child Protection and Disability

Author:
NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN
Publisher:
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
84p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

All the evidence about disabled children’s experiences suggests that they are more vulnerable to abuse than non-disabled children. For the last twenty years or so, a number of individuals and organisations have struggled to bring this to the attention of government, local authorities and the major children’s organisations. The National Working Group on Child Protection and Disability believes that comprehensive action is required in order to protect disabled children from abuse. The first two recommendations reflect this, calling as they do for a review of the current child protection system and the development of a national strategy for the safeguarding of disabled children. However, within these two main recommendations, smaller steps are identified that would help promote the safeguarding of disabled children even if they were implemented without a major review or national strategy.

Journal article

Service provision for preschool children who are deaf: parents' perspectives

Authors:
ROBINSHAW Helen, EVANS Roy
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 2(1), 2003, pp.3-39.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The data reported have been derived from the first national review of preschool service provision for deaf children and their families. This paper examines the kinds of service provision seen as desirable by families with deaf children between 0 and 5 years of age in relation to current UK Government interest in: Universal Neonatal Hearing Screening, family support initiatives including a focus on parent-professional partnerships, and Inclusive Education. Data presented including families' responses to early identification; the information available following identification; perceptions of their own partnerships with professionals; and the value of family centred services for themselves, their children, and for family life. From these data, aspects of good practice are identified and illustrated for consideration in future service development. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street Binghamton, NY 13904-1580)

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