The Family Partnership Model

‘The Helping Relationship: Understanding Partnerships’ by Hilton Davis

In this article Professor Hilton Davis describes his Family Partnership Model. In this Model, the relationship between parents (of children who have disabilities) and those helping them is a partnership defined in terms of:

  • mutual participation and involvement
  • being parent-led
  • involving the expertise of both partners
  • agreed aims and process
  • mutual respect and trust
  • open communication and negotiation.

Hilton offers the Model as a guide to service design and development, recruitment, family practice, training and effective supervision.

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