Working in Partnership with Parents

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Different strategies of working in partnership in parents are very important in child care and education settings. The chosen setting is in a family setting. This essay covers recognition of valuing parents/carers and analysis of the factors that contribute to good communication.

Settings value parents when working in partnership to meet the needs of a child. Settings now have legal responsibilities to work in partnership with parents. According to Beaver. M Et Al, 2001 pg 662) The Education Reform Act 1988, The Children’s Act 1989 and the Special Education Needs Code of Practice 1993, places a legal responsibility on professionals to work with parents. All services including those in the statutory, voluntary and private sector must take this into consideration.

When working in a family setting a Child Care and Education Worker must maintain confidentiality. Everyone has a right to privacy as shown in The Human Rights Act 1988.((1.) 4/12/06)

Settings will and must refer to The Children’s Act 1989. This legislation initiated that children have rights and these rights are included in the Act. This legislation also believes that parents are the best people to bring up children and created legislation that ensured local authorities could provide the best support possible to help the family making separation the only remaining option.

The Human Rights Act (1998) discusses basic human rights that have been incorporated into UK law. These rights affect subjects such as issues in everyday life to torture and murder. Rights include the right to life, the right to respect for private and family life and the right to education.

Article 8 of the Human Rights Act (1998) states:

“Article 8
RIGHT TO RESPECT FOR PRIVATE AND FAMILY LIFE

1.Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

2.There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic wellbeing of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. “

((1.) 4/12/06)

The Human Rights Act 1998 is “An Act to give further effect to rights and freedoms guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights” (2. 20/01/07) The Human Rights Act is the legislation to identify your human rights. For example, a young person has the right to freedom of thought, conscience or religion as a parent has the right to decide when and how they punish their children (as long as this complies with other laws). Child Care and Education Workers should be aware of the human rights stated in this piece of legislation.`

Effective communication, verbal and non-verbal is important when working with parents in a family setting. Regular exchange of information between parents/carers and the child care and education worker can be extremely beneficial for all parties. Non-verbal communication includes important factors such as eye-contact, gestures and body language and listening. Other things include nodding and smiling when appropriate. Eye contact is especially important if a child care and education worker is communicating with a parent who has a hearing impairment or has English as a second language.

The Child care and education worker can pick up on important issues or concerns involving the child and work with them to observe and resolve these issues. Exchange of information is productive to help result in on-going care. For example, the parent/carers are toilet training the child this information must be shared with the child care worker to assist in persistence of the development. This communication is extremely valuable and in addition will benefit the child. The Child Care and Education Worker must value the parent/carers...
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