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Supporting Parents to Support Family Life: A Central Challenge for Family Minded Policy

  • Harriet Clarke (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 September 2010

Disabled parents can experience difficulties when trying to access services to support their parenting role, and this is exacerbated wherever disability continues to be articulated as if it were impairment and associated with a need for ‘care’. Disabled parents and their families experiences of services demonstrate that, for a family approach to be positively developed within social policy, individuals should be kept in sharp focus by policy makers, practitioners and researchers. Failure to do so can result in the problematisation of parents who have support requirements, itself a barrier to the development of appropriate services for parents and families.

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A. Jones , D. Jeyasingham and S. Rajasooriya (2002), Invisible Families: The Strengths and Needs of Black Families in which Young People have Caring Responsibilities, Bristol: The Policy Press.

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G. Parker and H. Clarke (2002), ‘Making the ends meet: do carers and disabled people have a common agenda?’, Policy & Politics, 30, 3, 347–59.

N. Parton (2009), ‘From Seebhom to Think Family: reflections on 40 years of policy change of statutory children's social work in England’, Child and Family Social Work, 14, 1, 6878.

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Social Policy and Society
  • ISSN: 1474-7464
  • EISSN: 1475-3073
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