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Launch of the Family Inclusion in the Hunter Website

Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter (FISH) is a Newcastle based group which aims to build and promote family inclusive practice in child protection and out of home care. Life Without Barriers has been an important partner in FISH since its inception in 2014.

In order for parents and family to build and maintain great relationships with their kids they need to have information and support. FISH has created a website for parents and family who have had children removed and placed in out of home care or who are at risk of having a child removed. Jessica Cocks, National Practice Advisor with the National Practice and Quality Team in LWB has worked with other FISH members to develop the website content. It is a fantastic resource for parents and family with a lot of ideas for working with agencies, carers and workers, managing stressful family relationships and contact visits and negotiating for their children to receive the best of care. There is also lots of information on the website that carers and workers will find helpful including messages from research and ideas for building respectful professional relationships between carers, parents and workers that are focused on children’s best interests.

FISH is made up of several agency partners and is led by a partnership of workers, carers and parents with lived experience of child removal. The Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter website was officially launched on 11 May this year at an event in Newcastle. The launch included hearing from several parents with children in care who have become active members of FISH in order to improve the child protection and out of home care system. The parents were joined by LWB Board Member Gillian Calvert AO who made a great speech in support of family inclusion. Ms Calvert said “in order to keep kids safe and do the best we can for them we need all the voices at the table – including parents.”

You can find the website at To find out more and to contact FISH please email: