08 January 2018

'No voice, no opinion, nothing': Parent perspectives when children are removed and placed in care

The research by the University of Newcastle and Life Without Barriers, explored the views and perspectives of parents with children in care on the legal and support systems. Overwhelmingly, the parents in this study found  their interactions with the child protection system, including the courts, extremely difficult; however their experiences with non-government family support agencies were better. The report highlighted that most parents felt disempowered, had problems with maintianing attachment relationships with their children after removal and found the removal process traumatising  and described profound grief and loss ater their children's removal. Parents also described a systemic undervaluing of their role as parents and reported limited access to support services. The report concludes with a discussion of how to build a family inclusive approach to better support and care for both the parents and their children.