Parents’ participation in child protection practice: toward respect and inclusion

Healy, Karen, Darlington, Yvonne and Feeney, Judith A. (2011) Parents’ participation in child protection practice: toward respect and inclusion. Families in Society, 92 3: 282-288. doi:10.1606/1044-3894.4126

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Author Healy, Karen
Darlington, Yvonne
Feeney, Judith A.
Title Parents’ participation in child protection practice: toward respect and inclusion
Journal name Families in Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1044-3894
Publication date 2011-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1606/1044-3894.4126
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 92
Issue 3
Start page 282
End page 288
Total pages 7
Place of publication Milwaukee, WI, United States
Publisher Alliance for Children and Families
Language eng
Abstract In this article, we focus on parents' opportunities for, and experiences of, participation in child protection decision making in Queensland, Australia. Drawing on a qualitative analysis of 10 interviews with parents who have children 0-8 years of age and who have been subject to child protection investigation, we examine parents' perceptions of the process. Parents reported a range of difficulties in interactions with practitioners, Including family-related and systemic factors; the most common grievances Involved poor communication practices and negative worker attitudes, which created further disengagement. Conversely, interactions involving a willingness to listen, support, and provide for goal-focused plans were seen as faCilitating positive outcomes. Taking into account the case complexity and Interrelationships between workers' and clients' atfltudes and behaViours, we discuss strategies for promoflng parents' participation.
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