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HEALTHY START : A NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR CHILDREN OF PARENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES University of Sydney;Parenting Research Centre
Healthy Start is a new national strategy to help young children of parents with learning difficulties. The website provides information and resources to practitioners and organisations who support these families. Provides access to formal training using evidence based programs and the opportunity to learn from other professionals in the field using an Australia-wide network. Contact details are available for Learning Hub Conveners in each state and details for funding opportunities to assist organisations and individuals in Learning Hub activities. Newsletters, reports and links to other sites provide further information on helping parents who have an intellectual disability.



HELPING PARENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES IN THEIR ROLE AS PARENTS Social Care Institute for Excellence (UK) 2005.
The topic of this briefing is parents with intellectual or learning disabilities and the support they may need to help them as parents. The briefing aims to bring together medical and social elements in a single document, and to address some of the specialist requirements of parents with intellectual disabilities. Summarises the policy, guidance and research literature on how parents with intellectual disabilities may be supported in their efforts to provide the best possible type of parenting for their children.



INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AND PARENTING / Mildon, Robyn; Wade, Catherine; Mathews, Jan. Early Childhood Australia 2006.
This article from the Early Childhood Magazine examines why parents with an intellectual disability are disproportionately represented in child protection services and care proceedings. It examines factors that may explain this trend such as assumptions made, the high levels of disadvantage faced and the gaps in effective services, support and resources for these families - and looks at what is needed to address these.



RAISING CHILDREN NETWORK : PARENTING IN PICTURES Raising Children (Australia) Network [2010]
These step-by-step pictorial guides cover essential child care skills and techniques including: dealing with crying babies; how to wrap babies; safe sleeping; CPR (resuscitation); how to stop choking; baby massage; changing nappies; bathing a newborn; and healthy mealtimes. They can be printed for quick reference. Suitable for adults with an intellectual disability. .



SUPPORTING DISABLED ADULTS AS PARENTS Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Findings of a report by the National Family and Parenting Institute into improving supportive practice for parents with a disability. This site provides a summary of the report and links to related findings