University of Edinburgh

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

Presented on Saturday 7 March 2009

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 18
Number of Respondents: 17

Overall Assessment

How would you rate the following:

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise: 2
Content and supplementary material: 2.12

How will you use what you have learned today?
Very helpful - ideas to take back to team - leaflet about professionals who'll be involved.
Good to realise that don't always need to be involved if parents don't need it.
Consider in more depth how true partnership with parents can be developed.
The importance of evaluating progress with parents.
Excellent idea to produce an information leaflet about the role of all the professionals that parents might encounter.
More involvement with parents and being more sensitive to their needs.
Consider how parents could become more involved in service.
Need to put greater emphasis on communication with families and benefit of parent to parent groups to meet.
Don't think I learned anything new today.
Gwen should have been more aware of the differences in Scotland and have geared her presentation accordingly.
Discuss content with colleagues to encourage implementation of good practice.
Discuss and report back to our Service.
Think of having a monthly parents' group Support Groups.
Discussion with colleagues - both in education and in health, social work.
Ideas for closer working with parents.
Always learn something when I hear Gwen speak.
To help with my work with families.
Use it to better support the families.
Chat to other parents, relay information.

How would you rate the following

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation 1.94
Pacing of course/event 2.18

What was best about the course/event?
Ideas and thoughts to take to my team.
Feel more confident now in way forward.
Good to hear direct from parents about their experiences and how things could be improved from their perspective.
Hearing parents talk about their experiences. (5)
Talking to others.
Presentation am - very informative.
Listening to parents' experiences.
Discussion re above with others on course.
The input from parents was very valuable and gave a great insight into the problems they encounter and also the joy their children bring them.
The parents talking about their experiences - also Family Officer.
Parents' input.
Discussion groups.
Gwen Carr info.
It was great to hear the views of both parents and professionals.
Views of parents and their assessment of services.
Opportunity to talk to other professionals.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
More discussions to raise awareness of other authorities practices.
Break in morning session.
More time to 'network' but well aware of time restraints.
Should have the views of the children, what they like and what they don't like and what they would like to be improved.

Any other comments regarding the course?
A very interesting and valuable course.
Useful - raising awareness of parent liaison.
This is such an important area - more days like this, please!
Need more breaks.
Well presented.
There should be more events like this where parents, professionals and children can share their views.

Location and Venue

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue 1.82 •
Quality of venue 1.65

How did you hear about this course?
SSC Courses Brochure (7)
Course Leaflet Mailshot (3)
SSC Newsletter (2)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager (1)
Other: West of Scotland Deaf Children’s Society (1)
Other: NDCS Family Officer (1)
Other: Local deaf group (1)
No Response: (1)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Mental Health issues relating to Deaf children and young people.
Exam provisions/allowances for oral deaf pupils.
BME awareness.
Counselling (missed this year's course but heard it was very valuable).
More about working in partnership with parents.
Training about how to support children.
Counselling (working with families) (actual services).

Outcomes Assessment

Chartered Teacher Standard components

Very useful = 1; Not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment 1.86
your professional knowledge and understanding 2
your professional and personal attributes 2