chapter  8
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Working with families

It is a common discourse that children with challenging behaviour must have ‘inadequate’ or ‘uncaring’ families. If children are ‘out of control’ it must be that their parents ‘let them get away with it’ or ‘can’t be bothered to manage them properly’. How parents are discussed in the staffroom will have an impact on how they are seen, how their actions are interpreted and on the home-school interactions that follow. Many assumptions can be made about why children are not conforming to

expectations, and reactions based on biased or incomplete information can lead to breakdown in relationships. When this happens, everyone loses out.