Delivering Legal Rights: Practical Problem Solving

The Research Project has three broad strands:

  1. Support for the Funding charity’s in-house advice service that provides information to parents of disabled children with a view to identifying legal problems that they commonly encounter;
  2. research into the causes of such commonly encountered legal problems (assisted by pro bono undergraduate and postgraduate students at the School of Law) with a view to identifying effective mechanisms that can minimise their adverse impact disabled children and their families; and
  3. the dissemination of the research findings to effect change: change to the systems that cause the problems families commonly experience.


Extensive – arising our of publications detailed below.

Publications and outputs

 L Clements, A Aiello Institutionalising parent carer blame: The experiences of families with disabled children in their interactions with English local authority children’s services departments (Cerebra 2021);

P Bari, L Clements, A Aiello and T Hutchinson Unlawful restrictions on the rights of disabled children with autism to social care needs assessments  (Cerebra 2020);

L Clements and A Aiello Unacceptable delay: Complaints procedures for disabled children and their families (Cerebra 2019);

L Clements, S Woodin, S McCormack and D Tilley Direct Payments for Disabled Children and Young People and their Families  (Cerebra 2019);

L Clements and S McCormack Disability related expenditure and pets care costs (Cerebra 2018).

L Clements and S McCormack The accessibility of Disabled Facilities Grant application forms in England (Cerebra 2018).

L Clements and S McCormack Disabled Children and the Cost Effectiveness of Home Adaptations & Disabled Facilities Grants (Cerebra 2017).

L Clements and S McCormack Local Authority Home to School On-line Transport Policies: Accessibility and Accuracy (Cerebra 2017).

L Clements Accessing Public Services Toolkit (Cerebra 2017).

L Clements Accessing Public Services in Scotland: A problem-solving toolkit (Cerebra 2017).

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