Enhancing relationships between family carers and professionals
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Enhancing relationships between family carers and professionals

Neil James Senior lecturer, Unit for development in intellectual disability at the University of South Wales, Pontypridd

Neil James provides a glossary of common terms used in discussions about the involvement of families in care and a framework for support staff to improve their practice

Several policies and strategies describe how support service professionals should work with the family carers of people with learning disabilities. This article presents the results of a study of some of the most widely used terms to describe the carer-professional relationship, and presents a framework for discussions about how such relationships can be enhanced.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 6,34-37. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.07.16.6.34.e1444

Correspondence

neil.james@southwales.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 November 2012

Accepted: 28 February 2013