Bojana Vranić, Ljiljana Skrobić, Nenad Stanojević

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By conducting this study, we wanted to ascertain how the use or non-use of the social protection service of personal assistant to a child is associated with the employment of the parents of children with disabilities. Ten parents whose children use and do not use this service were interviewed, and the results were processed by thematic analysis. The key findings of the study show that there is a difference between the parents' employment status, in regard to whether their children use the service of personal assistant to a child, i.e. that the use of this service enables their labor market inclusion. Furthermore, the labor market non-inclusion results in the unfavourable material situation of the family, and the long-term inability to exercise their right to a pension. Based on the results, potential solutions may include: the possibility of reduced working hours, the possibility for parents to be formally employed as a child's personal assistant, and the possibility of using the personal assistant service.


social protection, social services, children with disabilities, employment

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