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PFAN raising parents’ voices

We hope you are safe and well at this difficult time.

Coronavirus and social distancing are putting stress on families and communities, and are tough on parents with child welfare involvement. PFAN is dedicated to building the power of parents affected by the child protection system.

We need your help to make PFAN the best source of help and information on humane child protection post coronavirus: 

Parents and family members

If coronavirus is impacting on you, PFAN wants to hear from you. Please complete this brief survey so that we can learn from you about difficulties you face and what has helped.

Parent & Family Survey

Information, tips and guidance on child protection during the coronavirus crisis

PFAN is also collecting information on national and international responses to coronavirus as they affect parents, families and children involved in the child protection system. Please share you tips, good practices, guidance and information with us using the form here.


If you have examples of good practice or important information to share please send us details

Please circulate this request around your contacts

Sadly PFAN is not able to work on individual cases. We have some ideas for possible support here

Good Practice

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Browse through all our pages or select a topic to see what we have found.

No phone remote hearings

Remote Hearings

PFAN has carried out a consultation with parents involved in remote Family Court hearings due to coronavirus restrictions. We found that parents had severe problems with their legal representation and felt their hearings were inhumane and unfair. Full report Hear ... Read More
Covid and CP Conferences

Covid and CP Conferences

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has announced a survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on child protection conferences. The research team is calling for parents and professionals with experience of child protection conferences during the pandemic to take part ... Read More
The Government’s response to COVID-19: Impact on human rights

The Government’s response to COVID-19: Impact on human rights

PFAN's submission to the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights
  1. The Parents, Families and Allies Network (PFAN) is a new UK wide group aiming to promote natural justice and procedural fairness in children’s social care including the right of ... Read More
Severance is a feminist issue - Sue Robson

Severance is a feminist issue – Sue Robson

Sue is a feminist activist and campaigner with over 35 years practical experience in community development work with women and girls. She is kinship carer for her 11 year old grandson and was awarded a PhD in Applied Social Science ... Read More