This paper discusses the relationship between parents and professionals in relation to making decisions about their children. Traditionally, parents have been treated as the 'junior partner' in the relationship, being manipulated by a system that offers them false empowerment. The authors suggest a 'partnership of concord' (from the heart), in which parents are recognised as the 'experts' on their children and the system supports them to meet their child's needs. Attitudes and strategies for professionals to employ in partnerships are discussed.
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From management to partnership: the change in relationships required by parents for quality service
Darrell Wills, Carolyn Carmen, Penny Robinson
Text of presentation made to the 6th Joint Conference of the National Council of Intellectual Disability and the Australian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability
16 May 2005
Attitudes, Families, Professionals