The aim of ‘lunch and learn’ is to showcase and share current social work research with community members, students and staff. This is an opportunity to develop ideas and to network.
The 60 minute session will comprise:
12.45 – 13.00 Help yourself to lunch and network
13.00 – 13.15 Professor Elizabeth Harlow - Reflecting on policy and the provision of support to adoptive parents
With experience in social work and the social sciences, Professor Harlow's overarching interest lies in human relations, management and provision of social work and welfare services. She has published in books and journals and holds editorial responsibilities with the academic journals Social Work and Social Science Review and Practice: Social Work in Action. This paper offers insights generated from an evaluation of a post placement adoption support service (PPASS). It concludes that, despite a commitment to the provision of post-placement adoption support since 2005, prior to the establishment of the PPASS, parents had found it hard to access the help they needed. Parents were appreciative that their problems were acknowledged and that there was a response to their search for help. However, funding for the service was time limited and the prospect of further funding was precarious.
13.15 – 13.30 Dr Val Gant - Adults with Learning Disabilities as Carers – an unacknowledged role?
Dr Gant is a registered social worker with over 10 years experience in Local Authority Adult Services. She obtained a PhD in 2008 researching the needs of older carers of adults with learning disabilities and is interested in issues to do with care giving and with learning disability. This paper presents findings from a study which examined the reciprocity of the caring role that exists between many people with learning disabilities and their parents. Findings indicate that the most frequent type of support provided by the son or daughter with a learning disability co-habiting with an older parent was ‘keeping company’; this was followed by helping with chores, sharing mutually enjoyable activities, and providing emotional support. Findings also noted the care-giving satisfaction that mutuality of care produced; parental stress was lower when older carers perceived their son or daughter as providing support to them, likewise adults with learning disabilities reported feelings of being useful and needed, which in turn raised their self-esteem and confidence.
13.30 – 13.45 Questions and discussion.