Beth Tarleton, Norah Fry Research Centre
Penny Morgan's book provides a detailed insight into the lives of parents with learning disabilities, borderline learning disabilities, mental health support needs and autism. It clearly describes these groups of parents' vulnerability, individuality and the complexity of their situations, while also providing workers with an understanding of the types of issues that these parents may well face. A wide range of strategies that workers can use to make their practice more effective and enabling are provided. This book should be read by the wide range of practitioners, including frontline parenting support workers and health professionals as well as child protection professionals, who work with parents so that services are able to respond to the needs of these vulnerable groups of parents.
Abigail Bond, Barrister at St John’s Chambers and Author of 'Care Proceedings and Learning Disabled Parents'
An invaluable guide for social workers working with learning disabled parents in the child protection context, providing an in depth analysis as to how learning disability can affect parenting and how best to engage with and find the right support for the client. The book is full of practical tips on how to make learning a positive and non-threatening experience, and how to plan and deliver an appropriate assessment. It also provides a very useful reference tool for the family lawyer tasked with considering whether their client has been assessed fairly and sensitively and given an opportunity to change within an informed and 'managed' framework.