The Centre for Child Care Research at Queen's University Belfast has been involved
in a three and a half year, three part study reviewing how the services provided to meet
the needs of these children and young people with disabilities have been affected by
the implementation of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995.
This article reviews the research literature pertaining to long-term substitute care for
children with disabilities in the UK and, with regard to the Children (NI) Order
Legislation, will present some results from a survey about such services provided by
the 11 Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Trusts undertaken by the Centre
for Child Care Research (Monteith & Cousins, 1999). Particular attention is given
to adoption and fostering, residential homes, residential schools, hospital placements
and disabled children's own experiences of using, and leaving, long-term care.
Cousins, Wendy; Monteith, Marina; and Kerr, Nicola
"Living Away from Home: the Long Term Substitute Care of Disabled Children,"
Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies:
1, Article 6.
Available at: http://arrow.dit.ie/ijass/vol4/iss1/6