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!
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 is going to be published very soon. In the meantime see the first two issues (and sign up to be notified of the next issue) by clicking on the pic above.
“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”)