Parents as partners
Parents as partners

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Parents as partners

2 Partnership issues for practitioners

2.1 Perspectives and challenges

As we have suggested, parents and practitioners may have different perspectives on partnership, and this raises important issues for practitioners when seeking to involve parents in their work with children. This section highlights five particular issues, or ‘challenges’, for practitioners to consider prior to developing partnerships with parents.

These are:

  1. recognising that parents are individuals

  2. understanding why some parents decide not to become partners

  3. working with ‘challenging’ parents

  4. both women and men are partners

  5. acknowledging family structures.


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