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Keeping the child in mind in multi-professional working: Valuing the viewpoints of children and their parents

Solvason, Carla ORCID: and Winwood, J. (2023) Keeping the child in mind in multi-professional working: Valuing the viewpoints of children and their parents. British Journal of Special Education. ISSN Print: 0952-3383 Electronic: 1467-8578

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This research explores data collected from a diverse range of professionals involved in team working to support children with specific needs. Through anonymous online survey we collated quantitative and qualitative data related to the individual’s perception of their status, and the interactions within the team. Having focused upon professional relationships previously, in this article we focus upon the positionality and voice of the child and their parents within these multi-professional teams. In doing so we discover that professionals can frequently forget that the child themselves is entitled to a say in the decisions made about them, and that the concept of parent as expert upon their own child is rarely recognised in practice. Our findings highlight a training need for professionals, whereby they are enabled to take a far more child-centred and reflective approach to their collaborative work with colleagues, families and children.

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This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
© 2023 The Authors. British Journal of Special Education published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of National Association for Special Educational Needs.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: multi-professional, parent partnership, child voice, emotion, hierachy, listening
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Carla Solvason
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2023 09:53
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 09:43

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