Disabled Children: Challenging Social Exclusion
June 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Children's Voices; Hopes, Wishes and Dreams.
"It chips away at you inside': the experience of bullying.
Failure to Protect.
Growing up in care: Alice's story.
Choices and rights.
Images of disability.
Discussion: a disability rights issue?.
Summary and conclusion..
2. Building Disadvantage.
The political lead..
Section I: Abnormalisation - the creation of special need.
Health care services.
The independent/statutory divide..
Section II: Explanations for the exclusion of disabled children.
The survival of the fittest.
3. Conceptual Frameworks.
The NVQ model.
The 3-D Jigsaw..
4. The Professional and Personal Challenge.
Attitudes and values.
Working with disabled children.
Changing professional behaviour.
Good practitioners/good practice.
5. Organisational Change.
Section I: Valued-based organisations.
Consulting service users.
Section II: The seamless service.
Community care: health and social services.
Towards inclusive education.
6. Disabled Children: Excluded Citizens?.
Disabled children and citizenship.
Strategies for change.
the research relationship.
The role of disabled adults.
Appendix 1. Research Studies Cited in the text.
Appendix 2. Letter to the Social Exclusion Unit.
Appendix 3. The Process of Assessment.
* makes full use of research sources in terms of practice guidance to a multidisciplinary audience
"The strength of this book lies in its description of disabled
children as active participants in society…This book makes a
significant contribution to our knowledge about disabled
children’s lives." (Health and Social Care in the
"The book makes for compulsive reading once begun and has a
clarity of style which makes complex issues accessible. …I
would recommend the book to lecturers, practitioners and students
within the social care fields and to disabled individuals, their
carers and groups who are eager to identify with the political
debate which informs their social exclusion" (Child & Family
"Any book about disabled children that starts with the
experience of disabled young people is doing something right."
"It is particularly useful in making practical suggestions for
more inclusive provision and will be an invaluable text for all
childcare professionals." (Aslib Book Guide)
"This excellent book is a courageous, cogent and challenging
look at how to translate a social model of disability into
"[Middleton's] perspective is of tremendous importance for social work practice with children." (British Journal of Social Work)