Reports & Guidance

Supporting disabled parents: A family or a fragmented approach? – This CSCI (2009) report seeks to examine the experiences of disabled parents and their families and to see how far council policies, services and practice are providing appropriate support. The findings in this report are taken from a national survey of 50 councils To supplement the national picture, in-depth study workshops of services were conducted in four council areas. The report finds that many councils do not fully support disabled parents and their children.

Disabled parents’ involvement in their children’s education – Children do better at school when their parents are involved in lots of different ways(2009).

SCIE Guide 19: Working together to support disabled parents – Jenny Morris & Michele Wates August 2007. How to develop inter-agency protocols to support families in which parents have additional needs related to physical and/or sensory impairments, learning disabilities, mental health, drug and alcohol-related problems or serious illnesses.

SCIE Knowledge review 11: Supporting disabled parents and parents with additional support needs Morris & Wates November 2006 – Its main focus is on social care, but integral to this are the relationships between social care and health, housing and education. Analysis of the adults’ services policy framework does not facilitate appropriate responses from those commissioning and delivering services. An analysis of the children’s services policy and legislative framework shows that despite inter-agency relationships being a key issue within Every child matters, the importance of adults’ and children’s services working together to address families’ needs has, to a large extent, been lost.

Family values – Disabled parents, extra costs and the benefit system – Disability Alliance ‘ in discussion with DPN’ collected evidence on the extra costs incurred by disabled parents. February 05.

Disabled parents and schools – Barriers to parental involvement in children’s education. This booklet looks at the particular problems disabled parent face as they try to support their children’s education Jenny Morris 17 June 2004.

They Said what? – Some common myths about disabled parents and community care legislation – This booklet (covering England and Wales) is made up of a series of questions and answers which identify and explain common misconceptions about the assistance and equipment available to disabled parents to help them look after their children. Jenny Morris 25 April 2004.

It Shouldn’t be Down to Luck – Results of a DPN consultation with disabled parents on access to information and services to support parenting – by Wates This report highlights difficulties experienced by disabled parents in accessing services and makes recommendations for service providers who are seeking to make their services more inclusive.

A Jigsaw of Services – Published in April 2000 by the then Social Services Inspectorate was based on inspections of arrangements for providing support to disabled adults in their parenting role in eight local council areas. The experience and views of service users and their carers provided a significant focus for the inspection. The report provides a series of questions that can be used by councillors and managers to evaluate their own services and it offers a number of examples of good practice.

The Right support – A Task Force on Supporting Disabled Adults in their Parenting Role was set up by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2000, with support from the DoH, the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS), (DPN) and relevant voluntary organisations. This report highlights the issues raised by the Task Force and put forward recommendations. ‘Social services, the NHS and schools working with disabled parents and their children, need to radically re-think attitudes and procedures that are undermining family life’ Jenny Morris 23 September 2003.

Every Child Matters(ECM)(2003) – Aim is to give all children the support they need to: be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution, achieve economic well-being. The Every Child Matters agenda has been further developed through publication of the Children’s Plan in December 2007. It acknowledges the importance of the family and parental support in a child’s development.

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