Temple, Bogusia, Young, Alys and Bolton, Joanna
'They know where to find us ….' Service providers' views on Early Support and minority ethnic communities.
Disability and Society, 23
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687590801953986
In this article we examine the views of multi‐professional service providers on the provision of Early Support for disabled children 0–3 years old from minority ethnic communities. We begin with a description of national policies relevant to this field and of Early Support before describing a national evaluation of its impact. We discuss findings from a sample of service providers. The range of views on provision for disabled children from diverse backgrounds is examined under three approaches. These are related to policy and research on access to services for minority ethnic communities. We argue that some of the views expressed are of concern, particularly in relation to assumptions made about service provider responsibilities. We also point out that the views of users from communities should not be assumed and consultation with communities and organizations representing them should be wide ranging and inclusive and built in from the outset of service provision.
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