Challenging Parent Carer Blame

Interim implementation research report 1:  Disability and human rights training and guidance for disabled children’s assessors

This report builds on 2021 research findings entitled ‘Institutionalising parent carer blame’: research that concluded that social care policies in England create a default position for those assessing disabled children, that assumes parental failings. The research that underpins this report seeks to better understand the processes and practices in English children’s services’ authorities that have the effect of compounding / entrenching the negative experiences that many parent carers describe when they approach these authorities for support. The principal focus of this research concerns the extent to which English children’s services’ authorities provide adequate training and guidance to their ‘needs assessors’.

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