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    Crossing no man's land: a specialist support service for parents with learning disabilties


    Tarleton, EJ & Porter, SM, 2012, ‘Crossing no man's land: a specialist support service for parents with learning disabilties’. Child and Family Social Work, vol 17., pp. 233


    This paper discusses the key role played by a specialist Parents with
    Learning Disabilities team in supporting parents with learning disabilities
    who are involved with child protection services. This team is
    recognized as working through three levels of relationships to enable
    parents to engage firstly with this service and then with services
    concerned with the welfare of their children. The team also promotes
    positive multi-agency relationships. The service is praised, by parents,
    for its respectful, trusting yet honest and challenging relationships
    and was also respected and trusted by child protection workers, who
    are sure of the team’s commitment to the welfare of the children and
    who see them as central to the support that is provided to parents
    with learning disabilities. Parents who have previously had children
    removed are engaged with children’s services and being supported to
    parent by this service which is living out the principles of positive
    support for this group of parents discussed in the Good Practice
    Guidance on Working with Parents with Learning Disabilities
    (Department of Health and Department for Education and Skills) and
    Finding the Right Support (2006).

    Full details in the University publications repository