This free course is available to start right now. Review the full course description and key learning outcomes and create an account and enrol if you want a free statement of participation.

Free course



Ahmad, W. and Atkin, K. (1996) ‘Race’ and Community Care, Milton Keynes, Open University Press.
Booth, T. and Booth, W. (1994) Parenting under Pressure: Mothers and fathers with learning difficulties, Buckingham, Open University Press.
Butt, J. and Mirza, K. (1996) Social Care and Black Communities: A review of recent research studies, London, HMSO.
Chamba, R., Ahmad, W., Hirst, M., Lawton, D. and Beresford, B. (1999) On the Edge: Minority ethnic families caring for a severely disabled child, London, Policy Press.
Dallos, R. (1991) Family Belief Systems, Therapy and Change, Milton Keynes, Open University Press.
Department of Health (1997) People Like Us: The report of the review of the safeguards for children living away from home (The Utting Report), London, The Stationery Office.
Department of Health and Welsh Office (2000) Lost in Care: Report of the tribunal of inquiry into the abuse of children in care in the former county council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974 (The Waterhouse Report), London, The Stationery Office.
Hardyment, C. (1995) Perfect Parents: Baby-care advice past and present, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Holman, B. (1996a) ‘Fifty years ago: the Curtis and Clyde reports’, Children and Society, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 197–209.
Holman, B. (1996b) The Corporate Parent: Manchester Children's Department 1948–71, London, National Institute for Social Work.
Home Office (1998) Supporting Families: A consultation document, London, HMSO.
Lupton, D. and Barclay, L. (1997) Constructing Fatherhood, London, Sage.
Macpherson, Sir W. (1999) The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, Cm 4262, London, The Stationery Office.
Modood, T. and Berthoud, R. (1997) Ethnic Minorities in Britain: Diversity and disadvantage, London, Policy Studies Institute.
Muncie, J., Wetherell, M., Dallos, R. and Cochrane, A. (1995) Understanding the Family, London, Sage.
Pugh, G., De'Ath, E. and Smith, C. (1994) Confident Parents, Confident Children: Policy and practice in parent education and support, London, National Children's Bureau.
Sanderson, I. (1996) ‘Needs and public services’, in Percy-Smith, J. (ed.) Needs Assessment in Public Policy, Buckingham, Open University Press.
Wetherell. M. (1995) ‘Social structure, ideology and family dynamics: the case of parenting’, in Muncie et al., Understanding the Family, London, Sage.
White, D. and Woollett, A. (1992) Families: A context for development, London, Falmer Press.

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has over 40 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level Access courses and Certificates.

Not ready for University study then browse over 900 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus