Join the conversation - Learning from the experiences of parents with children in care

Join the conversation - Learning from the experiences of parents with children in care

23 August 2017

This webinar explored the experiences of parents with children in care and outlined emerging family inclusive practice strategies.

This webinar presented findings from recent qualitative research that explored parents’ views and experiences of the child protection and out of home care systems. Parents in the study described an ongoing interest in their children’s wellbeing and an enduring parental identity, though they also frequently experienced practice that excluded them from their children’s lives.

The webinar outlined practical strategies for family inclusion in the interests of children, and discussed the work of a parent and worker alliance in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are also available.

Related resources

Further reading

  • Bullen, T., Taplin, S., McArthur, M., Humphreys, C., and Kertesz, M. (2016). Kcontact: perspectives of parents, carers and professionals on supervised contact with children in care and parent – child relationships, Paper presented at the Association for Chidren’s Welfare Agencies Conference, Sydney.
  • Dalziel, K., Dawe, S., Harnett, P., and Segal, L. (2015). Cost effectiveness analysis of the parents under pressure program for methadone maintained parents, Child Abuse Review, 24, pp. 317–331.
  • Family and Community Services, New South Wales (FACS NSW). (2015). Hunter New England, FACS statistics. Available at:
  • Harries, M. (2008). The experiences of parents and families of children and young people in care, Anglicare WA, Perth. Available at:
  • Hinton, T. (2013). Parents in the child protection system, Social Action and Research Centre, Anglicare Tasmania
  • Klease, C. (2008). Silenced stakeholders: responding to mother’s experiences of the child protection system, Children Australia, 33 (3), pp. 21–28.
  • Reimer, E. (2013). Relationship based practice with families where child neglect is an issue: putting relationship development under the microscope, Australian Social Work, 66(3), pp. 455-470.

Feature image by Tanja Heffner, CC0 1.0.

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