Parents’ perceptions of their participation in mandated family group meetings.

Darlington, Yvonne, Healy, Karen, Yellowlees, Josephine and Bosly, Fiona (2012) Parents’ perceptions of their participation in mandated family group meetings.. Children and Youth Services Review, 34 2: 331-337. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.10.030

Author Darlington, Yvonne
Healy, Karen
Yellowlees, Josephine
Bosly, Fiona
Title Parents’ perceptions of their participation in mandated family group meetings.
Journal name Children and Youth Services Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0190-7409
Publication date 2012-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.10.030
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 34
Issue 2
Start page 331
End page 337
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In many developed countries, the right of parents involved in child protection to participate in decision-making is becoming incorporated into legislation and policy. In this article, we report findings from semi-structured interviews with 10 parents (5 mothers and 5 fathers) who participated in formal child welfare decision-making forums (Family Group Meetings) in Brisbane, Australia. The interviews focused on parents' experiences of the meetings, including factors that promote or inhibit participation. The themes of feeling respected by professionals, feeling that one's opinions were heard, and being supported at the meeting were all associated positive experiences of participation, and conversely, those parents who reported overall negative experiences spoke of not feeling respected, not having their opinions heard and not being supported during the meeting. Overall, parents demonstrated a relatively sophisticated understanding of the process; these findings suggest that parents have the capacity to participate meaningfully in child welfare decision-making forums, especially when given adequate support
Keyword Child protection decision making
Family group conference
Parents' participation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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