University of Edinburgh

Working for Families: Achieving Best Outcomes for Children through Positive Partnerships

Presented on Saturday 7 March 2009


Families are the most important members of their deaf child's 'support team' and have the biggest influence on their child's life and outcomes. Professionals need to ensure that their support and intervention is family centred as well as child focused.

This presentation looked at both research and best practice in relation to establishing and sustaining the parent - professional relationships in both the early years and on through key transition phases.

There was also an opportunity to learn from the first hand support experiences of some parents of young deaf children.

Target Audience: Professionals working with deaf children and their families and parents.

Janis Sugden, Co-ordinator, Scottish Sensory Centre, Edinburgh
Eileen Burns, CPD Organiser, Deaf Education, Scottish Sensory Centre, Edinburgh
Gwen Carr, Manchester University
Marie McCafferky, Family Support Officer, National Deaf Children's Society, Glasgow
Representatives from West of Scotland Deaf Children's Society, Glasgow: Ammar Sherzad; Morag Duffy; Michelle Masters and Aliya Abrar.