Child Protection: Listening to and learning from parents

This article by Maggie Mellon says:

  • Research points to parents’ experiences of child protection investigations and associated processes as often being unpleasant and disrespectful
  • Learning from parents’ experiences needs to be incorporated into everyday work if practice is to be improved
  • Family group conferencing, advocacy and other person-centred and strengths-based initiatives offer opportunities for less adversarial and more constructive approaches
  • Engagement with new forms of parent self-organisation, including online, and the incorporation of peer advocacy in training and in improving practice, offer opportunities to encourage positive changes at all levels