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Book

Disabled people and European human rights: a review of the implications of the 1998 Human Rights Act for disabled children and adults in the UK

Authors:
CLEMENTS Luke, READ Janet
Publisher:
Policy Press
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
127p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

There has been increasing recognition of the ways in which disabled children and adults have been denied human and civil rights that others take for granted. In the year 2000, the 1998 Human Rights Act came into force in the UK. This book reviews the implications of the Act for disabled people. The book provides a clear and accessible account of the potential of the Human Rights Act to make a positive difference in relation to issues that have been identified through research, policy development and political debate as significant in the lives of disabled people. The book provides: an overview of key policy and legislative developments in the UK in relation to disabled children and adults in the post war period; an outline of the European Convention on Human Rights, the 1998 Human Rights Act and related procedures; an account of the ways in which disabled people's human rights have increasingly become a matter of concern and the implications of the Human Rights Act in relation to specific issues; a debate about the ways in which public bodies and practitioners within them can engage positively with the provisions of the Human Rights Act to develop better practice.

Book

Disabled children and the law: research and good practice

Authors:
READ Janet, CLEMENTS Luke
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
303p.,list of orgs.
Place of publication:
London

Draws on research on the needs of disabled children, young adults and their families, and indicates how the law can be used to promote good practice and policy development. Explains the overlapping legal responsibilities of social services, health and education, and how to facilitate coordinated practice. Emphasises the importance of an anti-discriminatory approach and of involving parents and children in decision making and advocacy. Includes extensive appendices of resource materials.

Journal article

Research, the law and good practice in relation to disabled children: an approach to staff development in a local authority

Authors:
READ Janet, CLEMENTS Luke
Journal article citation:
Local Governance, 25(2), Summer 2000, pp.87-95.
Publisher:
University of Birmingham. Institute of Local Government Studies

Describes a staff development consultancy on research, the law and good practice in relation to disabled children and their families. It was provided for Warwickshire Social Services Department by the University of Warwick and piloted an approach which was further developed in subsequent joint work. The consultancy addresses the need for staff to be informed by both their employing authority and external bodies. By tying the work into the system of performance reviews, it also aimed to resolve some problems commonly associated with externally-provided training, namely that it is not sufficiently related to the policy objectives of an organisation or existing mechanisms for achieving them.

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