12 December 2018

If a community values its children, it must cherish their parents: Family inclusion initiatives in child welfare

This report presents findings of a 2016 Churchill Fellowship research project that explored innovative parent/family inclusion and partnership approaches in child welfare based in the USA, Canada, Norway and the UK. The report recommended that for family inclusion to be a characteristic of the Australian child welfare system, parents and families need to be included and given a voice at the individual level, in the child welfare sector and in broader society. Both parents and agencies need to lead change, with parent led changes being strengthened. The report explores the possibilities for change in three areas: peer work, carer and parent relationships and in parent leadership.