chapter  7
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A review of Parent Partnership Schemes

ByTeresa Furze, Anna Conrad

Many refer to the system of identifying a Named Person at the end of the statutory assessment process as ‘shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted’. Many schemes have recognised this and are endeavouring to pro­ vide and make available Named Persons from Stage Four. More need to consider the advisability of developing, befrienders /Named Persons at Stages One to Three as in Devon, and support groups for parents based in schools as in Knowsley, so that there is a continuum of support for parents.

One always needs to bear in mind that the number of Named Persons needed in practice will, to a great extent, depend on the quality of infor­ mation, support and advice provided by the professionals and LEA educa­ tion officers, particularly the Named Officer.