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Care proceedings and parents with learning difficulties: comparative prevalence and outcomes in an English and Australian court sample

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This paper presents and contrasts the findings from two independent but comparable court studies in England and Australia of care proceedings involving parents with learning difficulties. Significant differences between the two jurisdictions were found in both prevalence and outcomes, with a much higher proportion of cases showing in the England sample, with many more children being returned home to live with their parents in Australia, and with far more children being placed out-of-home and outside the family network in England. We explore the reasons for these differences and discuss the implications of the findings.
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Keywords: care proceedings; learning difficulties; parents

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, and 2: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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