Knowledge and Resource Hub
12 December 2018

“No voice, no opinion, nothing”: Parents’ experiences when children are removed and placed in care

This brief article discusses recent research with parents whose children have been placed into out-of-home care (OOHC) between 2011 and 2016 in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales to explore their experiences of child protection, OOHC and support services. Findings from the research suggest that parents should be included in their children’s lives more meaningfully, beyond appointment-like visits, and that parent–worker collaboration should start when child protection intervention is initiated. Importantly, the research indicates a children’s rights approach needs to feature more in child protection and OOHC practice, including supporting parents to be better parents.