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CeDR Seminar:DCSF Short Breaks Pathfinder Programme: Emerging themes from qualitative research

Date: 11 March 2010 Time: 12.30-14.00 pm

Venue: Bowland North SR 3

DCSF Short Breaks Pathfinder Programme:

Emerging themes from qualitative research

Speakers Chris Hatton, Michelle Collins, Susanne Langer CeDR, Lancaster University

CeDR, in collaboration with the National Development Team for Inclusion, has been commissioned to conduct a national evaluation of the impact of the Aiming High for Disabled Children (AHDC) Short Breaks Pathfinder programme on families with disabled children. The programme constitutes a significant change of direction in terms of how best to enable families to care for their disabled children. Whereas traditional respite frequently carried negative connotations of parents being unable to cope with a disabled child and in need of emergency interventions, short breaks encompass a whole range of options that aim to be preventative and benefit all family members, whether adults or children, disabled or non-disabled. We are reporting on research in progress that combines qualitative research with a cohort study and a family experience survey. In the seminar, we will first introduce the AHDC Short Breaks Pathfinder programme and the research project as a whole. We will then focus on two themes emerging from the qualitative data. The first concerns parents' views of how short breaks can support them in their parenting. The second theme uses the role of transport in the delivery of short breaks to explore the meaning of mobility, inter-dependency, and autonomy in the lives of families with disabled children.

Chris Hatton is the principal investigator of the research project evaluating the Aiming High for Disabled Children Short Breaks Programme. Michelle Collins and Susanne Langer are research associates and are leading the project's qualitative research component.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Michelle Collins (Division of Health Research), Eric Emerson, Chris Hatton, Susanne Langer (Division of Health Research), Hannah Morgan, Donna Reeve, Bob Sapey, Carol Thomas

Organising departments and research centres: Applied Social Science, Centre for Disability Research CeDR, Division of Health Research


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