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National good practice guidelines for supporting parents with learning disabilities: consultation document March 2009

Author:
WORKING TOGETHER WITH PARENTS NETWORK (SCOTLAND)
Publisher:
Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
56p.
Place of publication:
Glasgow

This consultation document has been prepared by the Working Together With Parents Network (Scotland). The aim is to produce national guidelines that inform and support the work of a range of professionals whose work includes the support of families where one or both parents have learning disabilities. This work follows the production of similar guidance in England and Wales in 2007.

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Scottish good practice guidelines for supporting parents with learning disabilities

Author:
SCOTTISH CONSORTIUM FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES
Publisher:
Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
90p.
Place of publication:
Glasgow

The purpose of this practice guidance is to: help services to improve their support for parents with a learning disability and their children, increase the chances of the children of parents with a learning disability continuing to live with them in a positive and supportive environment that meets the children’s needs, and Increase the chances of avoiding family breakdown which has enormous social and financial consequences. The guidance is for both adult and children’s services. In particular, it is for commissioners of education and social work services, and for all service providers. A key aspect of good practice is multi-agency working and thus this guidance is concerned with social work, health and education services and with the role of both statutory and independent sector services.

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Fair deal for families? learning from the experience of parents with a learning disability

Author:
MILLER Andrew
Publisher:
Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
23p.
Place of publication:
Glasgow

This report comes from the Working Together With Parents Network in Scotland. This is part of a wider UK network that was established in 2006. Its aim is to collect and share good practice in supporting parents who have a learning disability, and also to identify where good practice is lacking and change is needed. This may be policy change, or change in practice. In Scotland the Network has met regularly to hear the experiences of parents and practitioners. The Network spoke to parents from four families who were known to members of the Network. A number of families were not willing to share their stories for this report, even with the promise of anonymity. In addition to these stories, a piece of research conducted by a social worker who is a member of the Network, is included. She spoke to four children, from three different families, whose parents have a learning disability.

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Parents with learning disabilities - the lived experience - a study for equal say, Glasgow: final report

Authors:
MACINTYRE Gillian, STEWART Ailsa
Publisher:
Glasgow School of Social Work
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
46p.
Place of publication:
Glasgow

In order to more clearly identify the key issues with regard to parents with learning disabilities, Equal Say commissioned the Glasgow School of Social Work to undertake a small pilot study which aimed to: identify the likely demand for advocacy services to support parents with a learning disability living in the community, illustrate the lived experiences of parents with a learning disability and to highlight examples of good practice in terms of what works in supporting parents with a learning disability. A short survey questionnaire was sent to 94 relevant social work, health and voluntary sector organisations within Glasgow City. Five parents from within the Equal Say service who had the capacity to give informed consent were selected at random and interviewed to discuss a range of issues in relation to their parenting. Their experiences of being a parent were also discussed as were the range of support services and mechanisms in place to assist them with this role.

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You and your baby: 0-1 year

Author:
CHANGE
Publisher:
Change
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
369p., ill.
Place of publication:
Leeds

The You and Your Baby 0-1 Year book is for parents with a learning disability, parents who find reading and writing hard and parents whose first language is not English.  It is written using pictures and easy words.

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Just give me a chance

Author:
MEGHJI Shafik
Journal article citation:
Children Now, 13.09.06, 2006, pp.20-21.
Publisher:
Haymarket

This article looks at the importance of providing support to parents with learning difficulties.

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Set up to fail as parents?

Author:
SNELL Janet
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 8.06.06, 2006, pp.28-29.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The author looks at the difficulties facing parents with learning difficulties and asks whether prejudice is the reason why so many parents with learning difficulties have their children taken into care. The article includes the personal experiences of three parents.

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Parents with learning difficulties

Author:
MURSHED Mahmuda
Journal article citation:
Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International, Summer 2005, pp.16-17.
Publisher:
National Centre for Disabled Parents

The author, a disabled parent, shares her thoughts about her work at The Elfrida Society in Islington, London. Her main role is to organise and run coffee mornings for parents with learning disabilities which provide emotional and practical support for parents through discussions, talks and outings.

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Birth right

Authors:
BOOTH Tim, BOOTH Wendy
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 18.8.94, 1994, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

People with learning difficulties have the same right as anyone else to have children - reports a study which found that despite the over-pessimistic attitude of some professionals, people with learning difficulties can provide more than adequate child care.

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When a parent is mentally retarded

Authors:
WHITMAN Barbara Y., ACCARDO Pasquale J.
Publisher:
Paul H. Brookes
Publication year:
1990
Pagination:
230p.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Baltimore, MD

Looks at the right of mentally handicapped parents to raise their children. Includes chapters on skills training for parents; the problems children of mentally handicapped parents are likely to encounter; the pediatricians role; and legal and ethical issues in the United States.

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