Successful Partnership Working
How can we overcome barriers to work in partnership?
- Honest and open communication
- Accept the challenges each other faces
- Acknowledge each other’s expertise
- Provide accessible information (jargon free etc.)
- Consider the family’s other commitments when arranging meetings and adjust the time, date and venue accordingly
- Respect individual family differences (e.g. culture)
- Include family carers/relatives in training
- Keep communication channels open, even if you disagree
Read ‘Families as partners’ to hear how Rhys’s family worked effectively with a range of professionals to provide the right support for him.
By improving partnership working you can achieve greater equality, mutual respect and satisfaction, as well as more efficient use of everyone’s time. You can create a positive, empowering and supportive relationship with everyone working together towards the same goals. Most importantly you should achieve better outcomes for the person with learning disability and challenging behaviour.