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Solicitors’ experiences of representing parents with learning disabilities in care proceedings: altering practice and coping with stress

Date:27 JUN 2014
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RACHEL COX South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS FT

ROGER EVANS Liverpool John Moores University and South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS FT

BIZA STENFERT KROESE School of Psychology University of Birmingham

This article reports on an exploratory study of the role of solicitors acting for parents with learning disabilities (LDs) in public law proceedings. It draws on in-depth interviews with 11 solicitors and a subsequent focus group event. Five themes were drawn from the data one of which ‘Solicitor practice – altering practice and learning as we go along’ is described and discussed in this article. This theme focuses on solicitors altering their practice when working with this client group and the impact of this work upon the solicitor....

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