Child care practice is about balancing the right of parents to bring up their children against the need to protect children from harm and to safeguard their development. What does it mean to be brought up by parents with learning difficulties? Does this affect children's well-being and adjustment in later life? Growing up with Parents with Learning Difficulties provides new evidence and insights derived from original research and life stories to answer the above questions. Of particular value is the application of now-adult children's experience and consequently insight into the longer-term outcomes. It offers a new view of parental competence as a social attribute rather than an individual skill, critically assessing institutional policies and practices. This book challenges the idea of children having to "paraent their parents" and argues for a shift in emphasis from protecting to supporting families.