A Single Door

A Single Door : Social Work with the Families of Disabled Children

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First published in 1986, this study explores the increased public concern with policies of `community care' and their effects on informal carers, at that time. It looks at the widespread evidence that one particular group of informal carers- parents looking after their severely disabled child- lack information, advice and a co-ordinated pattern of supporting services. The author, who carried out research on disabled children and their families for a number of years, describes in detail a low-cost experimental project in which specialist social workers set out to remedy these shortcomings. Drawing on the results of this particular study, the author argues strongly for widespread assignment of `key' social workers to this and other groups of informal carers. Despite being written in the mid-1980s, this book discusses topic that will still be of interest and use today.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 12.7mm | 295g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 113895134X
  • 9781138951341

Table of contents

List of Tables; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; 1. `Community Care', specialization and Evaluation: current Issues in Social Services and Social Work 2. `Community Care': the Case of Severely Disabled Children 3. Setting up the Project 4. Inputs: the Role of a Specialist Social Worker 5. Outcomes: the Parent's Views 6. Outcome Measures 1: Disability and Day to Day Practical Care 7. Outcome Measures 2: Homes and Gardens 8. Outcome Measures 3: Education, Leisure and Respite Care 9. Outcome Measures 4: Financial Problems, Welfare Benefits and the Family Fund 10. Outcome Measures 5: the Impact on Families and Carers 11. Conclusions: Issues for Evaluation 12. Implementation: Issues for Policy; Appendix A Briefing the resource workers; Appendix B A note on statistical testing; References; Index
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