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ERIC Number: EJ1014811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Perceptions of Effective Support Services to Families with Disabled Children whose Behaviour is Severely Challenging: A Multi-Informant Study
McConkey, Roy; Gent, Clare; Scowcroft, Emma
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v26 n4 p271-283 Jul 2013
Background: Specialist short break services aim to provide enhanced support to family carers as a means of preventing children whose behaviours severely challenge from being placed in full-time residential care. To date, there is limited evidence as to the functioning and effectiveness of such services. Methods: In all, 17 children were selected at random from the 123 who were currently receiving services or had done so in the past 2 years from three specialist short break and community support services. For each child, interviews were conducted with a parent, the child's key worker within the service and the professional (mostly social workers) who had referred families to the services. Results: Five core themes captured the informants' common experiences: the complexities underlying the provision of services; the negotiations required to implement, maintain and adjust service packages; the relationships forged by the services; and the benefits they brought to children and families plus concerns about the future also featured. Conclusions: Specialist short break services can make a vital contribution to retaining children within their families, but under some important conditions which this study has identified: notably, the management of complexity, the formation of trusted relationships and creation of tangible benefits for the family and for the child. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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