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Family inclusion initiatives in child welfare - Jessica Cocks

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust report by Jessica Cocks, 2016 Churchill Fellow

This fellowship has explored a range of initiatives and programs that aim to build a family inclusive approach to child protection and out of home care (child welfare) practice especially when children have been removed by statutory child welfare agencies and placed in care. This project focused on three key areas:

  • Peer work in child welfare - Peer workers are defined as parents who have had personal experiences with the child welfare system and offer advocacy and support to parents currently involved in the system.
  • Child focused relationship building between birth parents and foster or other types of carers when children are in care
  • Parent leadership – in the interests of children

The full report is available as:

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