Communication Matters: Improving Communication in Additional Support Needs

Sheila Riddell, Sandra Mitchell, Elisabet Weedon, Kevin Wright

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This Publication:
●Summarises key aspects of the legislation,
including ways of resolving disagreements;
● Sets the ASN legislation within the wider
educational and child welfare framework;
● Describes the key principles of parents’ and
children’s rights which are reflected in the
policy and legislation;
● Explores the underlying principles of good
communication between parents and
● Discusses parents’ and practitioners’
experiences of different dispute resolution
routes (mediation, adjudication, tribunal), and
explores how these can be used to resolve
● Uses case studies to illustrate what happens
when children and young people, parents and
practitioners communicate effectively, and what
happens when things go wrong;
● Suggests changes which are needed to ensure
that the rights of children and young people
with additional support needs and their parents
are realised in practice.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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