Journal Article

Children and young people with a hidden disability: an examination of the social work role

J Cavet

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 30, issue 5, pages 619-634
Published in print October 2000 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 2000 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Children and young people with a hidden disability: an examination of the social work role

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There has been little research attention paid to the nature and extent of social work intervention with children and young people with invisible impairments. The recent study described here found that children and young people with a hidden and stigmatizing impairment received a social work service which was at a minimal level. The children and young people were affected by physically induced incontinence, and described how they faced an environment which created particular tensions. Their parents concurred with this overall picture and reported unmet needs. Recommendations are made about social services input, but it is recognized that the level of social services intervention available to these families may, in part, be a reflection of a low priority assigned to disabled children generally. It is argued that, although such an assignment is a common picture in recent research about social services provision to disabled children, a change in priorities is needed which recognizes the importance of coherent support to disabled children as a means of improving their environment and thereby reducing families' stress levels and the likelihood of abuse or rejection.

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Subjects: Social Work

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