Do parents and carers experiencing violent and challenging behaviour from their children fit with a safeguarding model of support? Messages from a Facebook study

Heslop, Philip, McAnelly, Su, Wilcockson, Jane, Newbold, Yvonne, Avantaggiato-Quinn, Maria and Meredith, Cat (2019) Do parents and carers experiencing violent and challenging behaviour from their children fit with a safeguarding model of support? Messages from a Facebook study. The Journal of Adult Protection. ISSN 1466-8203 (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose
This paper reports research findings on the experiences of parents/carers of children with special education needs and disabilities who present violent and challenging behaviour. More specifically, the purpose of this paper is to explore how parents/carers report how their support needs are met by social care services.

Design/methodology/approach
The research is an empirical study which considers the challenging side of parenting children with additional needs. Data were gathered through a national online social media focus group and thematically analysed to identify emerging themes from an overlooked community. The study applied a participatory approach, with researchers and participants collaborating in designing and producing the research.

Findings
Participants reported a multitude of adversities and they experience difficulties in accessing support from professionals. The parents and carers expressed a continued desire to care for their children, often during much adversity and in receipt of little recognition or support from external agencies. An emerging theme was that they are often not assessed in their own right by agencies who focus on safeguarding.

Research limitations/implications
In this online participatory study, participants were self-selecting and the research relied on self-report during online discussions.

Originality/value
This study is original in applying an innovative research methodology using online focus groups with an under researched community. This online focus group generated real time data and offered participants the opportunity to share information in their own environments. The themes emerging from this research have implications for policy and practice for an under reported adult community who experience increasing vulnerabilities.
The study sought to explore how parents of SEND children displaying VCB experienced their world. Through an online, focus group. The research is an empirical study, which considers the challenging side of parenting children with additional needs. This is a phenomenon, which has largely gone unnoticed in research. Phenomenology is concerned with the exploration of experiences from the first person perspective, in order to uncover and unearth previously unnoticed issues. The study applied a participatory approach, with researchers and participants collaborating in designing and producing the research. Data from the study were thematically analysed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parent and adult carers, Send Children, safeguarding, Social media focus group, Violent and Challenging behaviour, Carer vulnerability
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2019 13:49
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2019 10:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41024

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