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Social work support for employment of people with learning disabilities : Findings from the English Jobs First demonstration sites. / Stevens, Martin; Harris, Jessica.

In: Journal of Social Work, 01.03.2017.

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Stevens, M & Harris, J 2017, 'Social work support for employment of people with learning disabilities: Findings from the English Jobs First demonstration sites', Journal of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468017316637224

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Stevens, M., & Harris, J. (2017). Social work support for employment of people with learning disabilities: Findings from the English Jobs First demonstration sites. Journal of Social Work, [JSW 637224]. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468017316637224

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Stevens M, Harris J. Social work support for employment of people with learning disabilities: Findings from the English Jobs First demonstration sites. Journal of Social Work. 2017 Mar 1. JSW 637224. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468017316637224

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Stevens, Martin ; Harris, Jessica. / Social work support for employment of people with learning disabilities : Findings from the English Jobs First demonstration sites. In: Journal of Social Work. 2017.

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