chapter  9
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Information and control

Until recently, access to records regarding the child with special needs was restricted to

professionals. The professional held on to their expert knowledge by deciding which

information was relevant to record, by controlling its distribution, and by using it to make

decisions that determined the child’s future. In this chapter, we shall consider some

implications of this control over information for the partnership relationship, and ways in

which this control is changing (or not). Three issues will be considered: record-keeping,

review conferences, and liaison and communication between professionals. Some

possible routes forward for partnership work will be examined.