'Share the Care'
160 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jan 1994
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'Share the Care'

An Evaluation of a Family-Based Respite Care Service

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
The provision of respite care within families is a relatively new development and the ad hoc nature of individual schemes has resulted in a great variation in their character; relatively little research has been carried out into the policy and practice of this important development in community care. 'Share the Care' examines: the different ways in which respite care schemes operate, focusing in particular on the Share-the-Care service in Lothian; the experience of parents of children with learning difficulties of using the scheme; respite carers: who joins the scheme and why, their perceptions of its rewards and dissatisfactions, and their experience of social work support; the less positive effects of separation upon the children themselves; families facing an extended wait for respite; families who withdraw from the scheme.
'A well researched and well presented book... readable and informative.'- Disability News
Dr Kirsten Stalker is a Reader in the Education Faculty at Strathclyde University. She has published widely in the field of social work.
Foreword. Acknowledgements. 1. Family-Based Respite Care: Origins and Operations. 2. The Research: Perspective and Process. 3. Families Applying for the Service. 4. The User Families. 5. The Respite Carers. 6. Children and Separation. 7. Waiting and Withdrawal. 8. Conclusions and Implications for Policy and Practice. Postscript: Recent Developments in Lothian. Appendix. Interview Schedules. Bibliography. Index.
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