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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