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Disability research, policy and resources

Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit have conducted a wide variety of research into how disability can affect the lives of children and families.

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Our latest disability research, policy and resources

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2016

It's Not On The Radar

by Carron Fox

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) can affect all children, including those with disabilities, regardless of their gender identity, sexuality, ethnicity, faith or economic background.
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2015

Unprotected, Overprotected: meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation

by Anita Franklin, Phil Raws and Emilie Smeaton

This exploratory research study aimed to increase understanding of how to meet the needs of children and young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation (CSE).
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2015

Welsh language: Unprotected, Overprotected: meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation

by Anita Franklin, Phil Raws and Emilie Smeaton

Nod yr astudiaeth ymchwil archwiliadol hon oedd gwella dealltwriaeth o sut i ddiwallu anghenion plant a phobl ifanc ag anableddau dysgu sy'n profi CSE (camfanteisio¿n rhywiol ar blant).
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2015

Growing Up: an evaluation of horticultural therapy with young people who have a learning disability

by Victoria Gray Armstrong

This evaluation report brings together the statistical information from the Growing Up project as well as a wealth of qualitative evidence from interviews with trainees, families, staff, volunteers and referral agencies. The analysis of this data offers insights into what service users have found valuable about the Growing Up experience and what is working well to carry forward into the future.
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2008

Like any other child? Children and families in the asylum process

by John Reacroft

Like Any Other Child?, highlights the abject poverty, racial harassment and demoralising uncertainty, faced by children and families in the asylum system (Martin Narey, Barnardo's former Chief Executive).
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2007

It doesn't happen here - The reality of child poverty in the uk

by Neera Sharma with a commentary by Donald Hirsch

The lives of 3.8 million children in the UK - one in three are blighted by poverty. This report is based on interviews with over 40 families with whom Barnardo's works.
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2005

Let's play together

by Anna Ludvigsen, Chris Creegan and Helen Mills

Looks at ninety five Better Play Programme funded projects and their experience of developing inclusive play strategies that stress the importance of including all children, disabled and non-disabled.
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2004

I want to play too: developing inclusive play strategies for disabled children and young people

by Fiona Ward, Chloe Elliott and Caroline Day

This booklet presents practical ideas from initiatives developed by Barnardo's North West.
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2003

Are you listening? What disabled children and young people in Wales think about the services they use

by Claire Turner

The report of a consultation with disabled children and young people, commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government and carried out by Barnardo¿s and NCH Cymru.
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2002

Still missing out? Ending poverty and social exclusion: messages to government from families with disabled children

by Neera Sharma

Discover the issues facing disabled children, young people and their families in Britain, who live in poverty and are socially excluded from their communities.
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2001

A review of key worker schemes for children with disabilities and development of information for parents, children and professionals

by Kristin Liabo, Tony Newman, Jo Stephens and Kathy Lowe

Identifies the main issues arising from the literature around the key worker¿s role, family needs and managing the key worker system.
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Postcards from home

by Neera Sharma and Rachel Dowling

This report looks at the experience of disabled children and their families in the school holidays.
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Don't push me around! Disabled children's experiences of wheelchair services in the UK

by Neera Sharma with Jan Morrison

A joint Barnardo's and Whizz-Kids report highlighting concerns about the current state of wheelchair provision for children in the UK.
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Free
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