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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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Remote Court Hearings trauma

Remote Court Hearings trauma

Remote court hearings putting vulnerable women in traumatic situations ‘which place them at unjust disadvantage’ This article in the Independent outlines some of the issues raised by remote court hearings. It starts: Remote court hearings introduced to cope with the ... Read More
PAR Advice to parents of children in care during corona virus

PAR Advice to parents of children in care during corona virus

PAR, Parents Advocacy and Rights, has published guidance for parents in Scotland on concerning practices where children's social work has made blanket decisions to end contact between children and their parents. It argues that these decisions are breach of legal ... Read More
Open Letter to First Minister of Scotland

Open Letter to First Minister of Scotland

In Scotland, according to PAR (Parents Advocacy and Rights), many councils are cancelling direct contact between children in care and their parents and siblings. Many councils are ceasing all contact with immediate effect, indefinitely. PAR has sent an open letter ... Read More
Equal Chance - FIN SEQ

Equal Chance – FIN SEQ

This is the 10th April 2020 newsletter of FIN SEQ (the Family Inclusion Network of SE Queensland) written by and with parents involved in the Queensland child protection system. It includes a great article by Bobbi about contact and the ... Read More