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The PEdDS project: disabled social work students and placements

Authors:
WRAY Jane, et al
Publisher:
University of Hull
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
133p.
Place of publication:
Hull

The PEdDS (Professional Education and Disability Support) project explored the experiences of disabled students in placements in order to inform and produce best practice guidance in this area. Social work was chosen as the key discipline to investigate as it has had a long association with anti-discriminatory and inclusive practices. The aims of the PEdDS research were: to explore the barriers and opportunities for disabled social work students on placement; and to gather examples of good practice through the views, perspectives and experiences of disabled social work students and staff about supporting disabled students on placement.

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Crossing the boundaries: how training can improve joint working

Author:
ROYAL ASSOCIATION FOR DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION
Publisher:
Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
44p.
Place of publication:
London

In the current climate where working in partnership is both encouraged and expected, training plays an important part in this process.The aim of this good practice guide is to show how training can improve joint working, to show the benefits there will be for both service providers and people receiving services, and to give examples of good practice. The guide looks at what ‘works well’ particularly from the viewpoint of disabled people. It also covers what causes problems and what could be done to address these. Its intention is to encourage service providers and trainers to think about how training can improve joint working and to take action to put thought into effect.

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Closing the disability and employment gap: a case study report

Author:
VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS DISABILITY GROUP
Publisher:
Voluntary Organisations Disability Group
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
20
Place of publication:
London

In response to the recent green paper on work, health and disability, this report outlines some practical solutions to closing the disability employment gap. It highlights why it is important that action is taken now and the looks at the challenges that could undermine these aims. These include austerity measures and changes to specialist employment policy. The report then presents three brief examples of successful employment and training schemes delivered by specialist disability organisations. They cover the areas of: supported employment schemes and social enterprise; disability organisations leading by example and employing disabled people; and supported internships and specialist further education. The report includes recommendations for government, employers and care providers to boost employment for working-age disabled people. (Edited publisher abstract)

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MS: challenges and strategies

Authors:
EVERINGTON Shanta, BLOOMFIELD Jo
Journal article citation:
Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International, 67, Winter 2009, pp.4-5.
Publisher:
National Centre for Disabled Parents

Jo Bloomfield, a mother with MS, from Bedford, UK talks about some of the challenges of parenting with multiple sclerosis (MS) and about her experiences of accessing her sons’ school as a disabled parent.

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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.

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Direct payments in action: implementation by social services departments in England

Author:
JORDAN Claire
Publisher:
SCOPE
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
8p.
Place of publication:
London

Direct payments can greatly improve disabled people’s quality of life by offering increased control, flexibility and choice. Despite this, take-up of direct payments has so far been relatively low. Department of Health figures for 2003 show 12,585 people using direct payments, with take-up in some areas much higher than in others. This survey aimed to identify what social service departments saw as the barriers to using direct payments effectively.

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Delivering housing adaptations for disabled people: a good practice guide

Authors:
GREAT BRITAIN. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, et al
Publisher:
Great Britain. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
77p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This document describes the various statutory duties laid upon both social services and housing authorities in relation to their adaptations service. It draws on identified good practice from local authorities across the country in advising on the key issues about how the service should be organised and the full process of delivery from first contact with a client to the completion of the adaptation. The purpose of an adaptation is to modify disabling environments in order to restore or enable independent living, privacy, confidence and dignity for individuals and their families. It is therefore not primarily a matter of building work, the provision of equipment or otherwise modifying a dwelling, but providing an individualised solution to the problems of people experiencing a disabling environment. The primary purpose of this document is to advise local authorities on how they can establish a first class service which can deliver adaptations to the homes of disabled people in order to meet their needs and statutory entitlements.

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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.

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