Listening and facilitating all forms of communication: disabled children and young people in residential care in England.

Anita Franklin, Sarah Goff

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Little research has been undertaken into how children with complex communication needs living in residential care are encouraged to express their views, be involved in decision-making, and importantly, make it known when they are unhappy. This group are often placed a long distance from home and can be some of the most vulnerable children in the care system. Ensuring they have access to a communication method, people who understand their communication and support to empower them to grow their capacity is not only a right and a safeguarding mechanism, it is also important in preparation for adulthood and for leaving care.
This unique paper reports on the English arm of a European project, which aimed to devise the first international monitoring system to prevent abuse of disabled children in residential settings. Trained professionals examined how disabled children were heard, and encouraged to be involved in decision-making within 10 case-study residential settings. To aid international development of good practice, this paper focuses on positive aspects of practice. Examples are used to illustrate how all forms of communication can be encouraged and used positively to both protect and empower disabled children in residential care. Implications for practice are presented to support practitioners to create positive communication environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-111
Number of pages13
JournalChild Care in Practice
Volume25
Issue number1
Early online date21 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Fingerprint

Disabled Children
England
Communication
communication
Decision Making
decision making
First International
international aid
Child Care
adulthood
best practice
abuse
monitoring
Research
Group

Keywords

  • Abuse
  • Care
  • Children
  • Communication
  • Disability
  • Protection
  • Residential
  • Rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics
  • Community and Home Care

Cite this

Listening and facilitating all forms of communication: disabled children and young people in residential care in England. / Franklin, Anita; Goff, Sarah .

In: Child Care in Practice, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2019, p. 99-111.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{9963c0d32cdf4ff390cd335d02d9caae,
title = "Listening and facilitating all forms of communication: disabled children and young people in residential care in England.",
abstract = "Little research has been undertaken into how children with complex communication needs living in residential care are encouraged to express their views, be involved in decision-making, and importantly, make it known when they are unhappy. This group are often placed a long distance from home and can be some of the most vulnerable children in the care system. Ensuring they have access to a communication method, people who understand their communication and support to empower them to grow their capacity is not only a right and a safeguarding mechanism, it is also important in preparation for adulthood and for leaving care. This unique paper reports on the English arm of a European project, which aimed to devise the first international monitoring system to prevent abuse of disabled children in residential settings. Trained professionals examined how disabled children were heard, and encouraged to be involved in decision-making within 10 case-study residential settings. To aid international development of good practice, this paper focuses on positive aspects of practice. Examples are used to illustrate how all forms of communication can be encouraged and used positively to both protect and empower disabled children in residential care. Implications for practice are presented to support practitioners to create positive communication environments.",
keywords = "Abuse, Care, Children, Communication, Disability, Protection, Residential, Rights",
author = "Anita Franklin and Sarah Goff",
year = "2019",
doi = "10.1080/13575279.2018.1521383",
language = "English",
volume = "25",
pages = "99--111",
journal = "Child Care in Practice",
issn = "1357-5279",
publisher = "Taylor & Francis",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Listening and facilitating all forms of communication: disabled children and young people in residential care in England.

AU - Franklin, Anita

AU - Goff, Sarah

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - Little research has been undertaken into how children with complex communication needs living in residential care are encouraged to express their views, be involved in decision-making, and importantly, make it known when they are unhappy. This group are often placed a long distance from home and can be some of the most vulnerable children in the care system. Ensuring they have access to a communication method, people who understand their communication and support to empower them to grow their capacity is not only a right and a safeguarding mechanism, it is also important in preparation for adulthood and for leaving care. This unique paper reports on the English arm of a European project, which aimed to devise the first international monitoring system to prevent abuse of disabled children in residential settings. Trained professionals examined how disabled children were heard, and encouraged to be involved in decision-making within 10 case-study residential settings. To aid international development of good practice, this paper focuses on positive aspects of practice. Examples are used to illustrate how all forms of communication can be encouraged and used positively to both protect and empower disabled children in residential care. Implications for practice are presented to support practitioners to create positive communication environments.

AB - Little research has been undertaken into how children with complex communication needs living in residential care are encouraged to express their views, be involved in decision-making, and importantly, make it known when they are unhappy. This group are often placed a long distance from home and can be some of the most vulnerable children in the care system. Ensuring they have access to a communication method, people who understand their communication and support to empower them to grow their capacity is not only a right and a safeguarding mechanism, it is also important in preparation for adulthood and for leaving care. This unique paper reports on the English arm of a European project, which aimed to devise the first international monitoring system to prevent abuse of disabled children in residential settings. Trained professionals examined how disabled children were heard, and encouraged to be involved in decision-making within 10 case-study residential settings. To aid international development of good practice, this paper focuses on positive aspects of practice. Examples are used to illustrate how all forms of communication can be encouraged and used positively to both protect and empower disabled children in residential care. Implications for practice are presented to support practitioners to create positive communication environments.

KW - Abuse

KW - Care

KW - Children

KW - Communication

KW - Disability

KW - Protection

KW - Residential

KW - Rights

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85057341339&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/13575279.2018.1521383

DO - 10.1080/13575279.2018.1521383

M3 - Article

VL - 25

SP - 99

EP - 111

JO - Child Care in Practice

JF - Child Care in Practice

SN - 1357-5279

IS - 1

ER -