Housing, Care and Support, vol. 3, Sept. 2000, p. 15-19
Using findings from an action research project, paper argues the case for placing community care within a social inclusion framework which uses a community development approach.
C. Dearden and S. Becker
Leicester: National Youth Agency, 2000
Research showed that a large proportion of young carers had educational problems and missed school. Leaving home was problematic for many young carers, particularly if they had a parent who required considerable help and support. As a result, some young people delayed moving out. On the other hand, where a parent had severe mental health problems, some young people reached crisis point and left home prematurely. Many families received no, or inadequate social care services. Where services were provided they were sometimes inappropriate, intrusive or too costly. There was no evidence of any services that supported disabled adults as parents.