Working with Parents with Intellectual Disabilities in Child Care Proceedings (Chapter 26 in Wiley Handbook of What Works in Child Maltreatment: An Evidence-Based Approach to Assessment and Intervention in Child Protection).
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This chapter focuses on how to support parents with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD) to be the best parent possible. While the chapter offers a particular focus for parents who are involved in child care proceedings, the principles discussed should be utilised when providing early, preventative support for parents with IDD. The chapter begins by introducing parents with IDD, the issues they might face and the terms used to describe this group of parents. It also discusses the issues relating to engaging parents with support and is followed by recommendations of best practice in supporting parents with IDD when they are involved in child protection. International research has shown that with appropriate support parents with IDD can look after their children appropriately when they are provided with appropriately tailored ongoing support. However, this support is frequently unavailable and many parents with learning difficulties come into contact with children's services. (Author abstract)
therapeutic intervention; parents with disabilities; mental retardation; family courts; child abuse; child neglect; parental advocacy; parent engagement; family support systems