chapter  6
13 Pages

Parents as partners: some early impressions of the impact of the Code of Practice

ByPhilippa Russell

Paradoxically, the very advent and existence of the Code of Practice will test the parent-practitioner relationship to the full, in terms of attitudes, commitment and translation of the principles into action. The paradox lies in the fact that parental involvement in assessment and intervention has come so far as to be codified within a legislative framework and yet in being thus codified, the par­ ent-professional relationship is now exposed. Pious hopes will be tested in real­ ity, the scope and limitation of ‘having regard to the provision of the Code’ as well as the existence of new appeal arrangements will be explored by all con­ cerned.