By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council and Tim Fisher, Service Manager for Camden Council
Parental Advocacy is picking up momentum as an effective, ethically sound approach to supporting children and families, underpinned by an increasing evidence base. The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care Case for Change identify it as a promising approach to avoiding court proceedings, noting “the potential of parent advocacy and co-production in child protection to reduce adversarial practice and avoid unnecessary escalation.” (MacAlister, 2021, p47).
In this webinar, Tim Fisher and I explore the following:
- What is Parental Advocacy?
- What are the benefits?
- What are the challenges?
- What does the research say (and what are the limitations of the research)?
- How can you make a start?
- What does it look like in a Local Authority?
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