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'Mingling together': Promoting the social inclusion of disabled children and young people during the school holidays

Knight, A; Petrie, P; Zuurmond, M; Potts, P; (2009) 'Mingling together': Promoting the social inclusion of disabled children and young people during the school holidays. Child and Family Social Work , 14 (1) pp. 15-24. 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2008.00577.x. Green open access

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Abstract

The promotion of social inclusion of disabled children and their families is currently high on the UK political agenda. Research shows that disabled children and their families are highly disadvantaged, both economically and socially. This paper reports some of the findings of a qualitative study, entitled On Holiday!, which involved analysing the views of 297 people across six local authority research sites in England including 86 disabled children and young people. The study showed that many disabled children and their families experienced high levels of social isolation and exclusion during out-of-school periods and during the school holidays in particular. The paper recounts some of the experiences of disabled young people and their families and ways in which local authorities can promote their social inclusion. We argue that disabled young people and their families can only be truly socially included and empowered when all levels of the local authority (managers, officers and elected members) recognize the rights and entitlements of disabled children and have the political will and commitment to implement them. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Type: Article
Title: 'Mingling together': Promoting the social inclusion of disabled children and young people during the school holidays
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2008.00577.x
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1504369
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