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Caring for a child with disabilities, Clover Stroud, Female police officers

Listener Nakita's upbeat story of caring for her disabled son Nayan, how to deal with physical violence as a carer, Clover Stroud on her memoir and life as a female police officer.

Listener Nakita on how caring for her son Nayan has given her life direction and means that she will never be lonely. Nakita works full-time and her partner Remy currently stays at home to look after Nayan who is 5. Nakita jokes that she gets all the glamorous bits of caring, the messy play and learning to do a roly-poly but is honest about the hitting and biting that happens when Nayan is frustrated. Reporter Sarah Swadling spent time with Nakita and her family to find out about the good and bad bits of caring.

Is it taboo to admit that your child with disabilities hits or bites you? Rosie Noble is Family Support Project Manager for the charity Contact a Family, she is also mother to Oliver who has learning disabilities. Yvonne Newbold is an author and mother to Toby. After struggling to get support and advice when coping with Toby's autism, Yvonne wrote 'The Special Parent's Handbook', and created workshops for parents of children with autism. They both talk to Jane about how to cope with raising a child who sometimes expresses themselves through violence.

A new Metropolitan Police Commissioner is expected to be announced this week, it could be a woman. We speak to women who've been involved in the police, at different levels, throughout the years. Today it's Sue Procter, who was a Police Officer in the South Yorkshire Police from 1971-2003.

Clover Stroud was 16 when her mother was left permanently brain-damaged as the result of a riding accident. The accident changed Clover's life dramatically. Unable to grieve properly for the loss of her mother she anaesthetised herself against the pain with wild men, wild behaviour and adventures with horses. "On a horse I was never victim, only a warrior". She has now written a memoir, The Wild Other.

Producer: Erin Riley.

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58 minutes


  • Carers

    Duration: 16:32

  • How to Deal with Abuse From the Person You are Caring For

    Duration: 06:43

  • Female Police Officers

    Duration: 04:05

  • Carol Price

    Duration: 04:39

  • Clover Stroud

    Duration: 05:58

Support and Information for Carers

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Carers UK

Contact a Family


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Rosie Noble
Interviewed Guest Yvonne Newbold
Interviewed Guest Sue Procter
Interviewed Guest Clover Stroud
Producer Erin Riley


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