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Lived Experiences of Special Schools in England: Key Considerations for Social Work Practice

Smith, Julia, Lynes, Mark, English-Peach, Charles Mark and Sealey, Clive (2022) Lived Experiences of Special Schools in England: Key Considerations for Social Work Practice. British Journal of Social Work (bcac23). ISSN 1468-263X - Print ISSN 0045-3102

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This article presents the lived experiences of attending special education schools in England from the perspectives of three individuals over different times and for different reasons. The focus on the lived experiences is to detail the real-life impact that attending special schools can have on individuals. The accounts highlight that whilst all the individuals had positive experiences from attending special schools, a recurring negative theme from all three individuals is that of a pervading sense of low expectations. The accounts detail the long-term impact of this recurring negative theme for the individuals, and key considerations for social work in the context of the increased use of special schools through the practice of Education Health and Care plans.

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The Author(s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (
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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Co-production, education, health and care plans, participatory research methodology, social exclusion, special schools, structural barriers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
Depositing User: Clive Sealey
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2022 17:45
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2023 13:30

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