Invisible families

The strengths and needs of Black families in which young people have caring responsibilities

Adele Jones, Dharman Jeyasingham, and Sita Rajasooriya

Invisible families

Adele Jones, Dharman Jeyasingham, and Sita Rajasooriya

Distributed for Bristol University Press

56 pages
Paper $28.95 ISBN: 9781861343888 Published April 2002 For sale in North and South America only
Invisible families:highlights the inappropriate nature of many services currently available to black young people and their families;provides a critical analysis of relevant key studies;utilises a black perspective to explore black young people’s experiences: young black people were fully engaged in the research process;identifies areas of development and good practice in the light of Quality Protects and Best Value initiatives;celebrates the diversity, resources and strength of black young families.·[vbTab]The report should be read by all professionals working with families affected by disability, as well as caseworkers, health professionals and those working in education. The findings are also relevant to families from other communities.

Setting the context: who are black young carers?

Research principles and theoretical perspectives

A review of key studies

Identities, kinship and communities

Parenting and the nature of children's and young people's contributions to their families

Families' experiences of impairment, disabling environments and structural inequalities

Families' experiences of 'young cares' services

Responses from social care agencies

Policy, planning and practice: national context

Policy, planning and practice: local experiences and ideas to improve support to families

Summary and conclusions

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