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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2009): Services for the disabled - UK

Disability: still taboo in family placement

J. Cousins

Adoption and Fostering, vol. 33, no.2, 2009, p. 54-65

This article explores the place of disabled children in adoption and foster care. It is argued that when professionals talk about children, they picture a generic, non-disabled child. Disabled children have an untouchable status which profoundly affects their life chances and hover at the margins of professionals' and society's consciousness. This article looks at how these perspectives are adversely affecting family-finding services for disabled children in the UK.

Neo-liberal individualism and self-directed support: are we all speaking the same language on modernising adult social care?

A. Roulstone and H. Morgan

Social Policy and Society, vol. 8, 2009, p. 333-345

This article explores the challenges involved in putting into effect self-directed support policies in English day services for disabled people. It is based on a research project in a large English city in 2006. Day centre users have historically not had access to wider disability forums within which to build the self identities and confidence which are often assumed to be essential for self-directed support to work. The author questions if the individual choices discourse contained in the modernisation agenda can be applied unproblematically to disabled people who have had no prior exposure to rights-based opportunities. It is argued that day service users risk moving from a position of enforced collectivism to one of enforced individualism.

Safer crossing ahead

C. Williams

Community Care, June 25th 2009, p. 18-19

The personalisation agenda is now being rolled out for disabled young people making the transition from children's to adults' services. Four pilot projects have been set up to look at how individual budgets can be used by young people in transition. Implementation will involve getting social services, housing, health and education to work together and pulling together a range of existing funding schemes to create an individual budget for the young person.

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