Parents Advocacy and Rights (PAR) is a parent led group seeking to support parents with children in the care system, child protection, children’s hearings, and other situations where they have lost care of their children, or risk losing care.
We are a group of parents and friends who are offering peer support advice and advocacy to parents and families who need help to be heard and respected? Many parents and their children feel they are the last people to be heard when social work or health or education get involved in their lives. We believe that parents and families need help to be heard and that social workers and others need help to listen and to make respectful relationships with parents. No decisions about us without us!
To access help and links to further resources please head over to our Useful Links. We will soon have an Information page with more help and resources. See latest posts here. See all posts here.
Contact between Children Absent in State Care and Their Families – Scottish Parents’ Perspectives
July 2021 Summary This paper reports on survey work and group discussion undertaken by a Scottish parent-led support group (Parents Advocacy and Rights - PAAR) that supports parents with children in the care system, child protection, children’s hearings, and other...
Support Not Separation released new research as UK/US mothers’ speak out against arbitrary child removal
Support Not Separation is publishing new research today, July 15th, based on our casework with over 200 mothers of over 400 children, showing that children are being arbitrarily removed, especially from mothers who report fathers’ domestic violence and child...
Support Not Separation: Self help Guide
This is a working draft by mothers, grandmothers, other primary carers and campaigners determined to stop children in their thousands being unjustly taken away from their families, and to stop violent fathers having unsupervised contact with children when the...
PAR Survey Results
Here are the early results of our PAR Survey of parents’ experiences of child protection and care. These first returns echo other research pointing to low levels of trust in social work, bruising encounters with professionals in child protection processes, and poor experiences of contact with children in care, and between siblings when one or more are in care.
The third issue of PAR magazine has been published. See the link above. The process of having a child removed throws you into a swirling storm. Your role as a parent is, in all but name, stripped from you. Lawyers, social workers, panellists – these are all voices which carry a tremendous amount of weight and which you need to hear with intense focus and clarity.
Care Review Promise
“Scotland must listen to and absorb the overwhelming evidence of the lasting pain that removal has caused children, families and communities. This must result in a fundamental shift of thinking about when a child should be removed from their family.” (Care Review “Promise”)
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