Parents and Carers working together
Parents who have had their children removed by child protection agencies are expected to make significant change quickly and often without much support.5 6 We’ve seen firsthand that — even in the toughest circumstances — families can make successful change when supported by a cohort the system least expects: Carers with the best interests of children and parents in mind.
After a year of international and national research exploring what works and what doesn’t in restoration, a few things became clear. When Carers and Parents work together, children and young people do better.8 Restoration can be a critical opportunity to stop intergenerational cycles of engagement with child protection systems, by supporting children and parents to heal, learn and do things differently.9
Throughout our insights journey, we met carers and parents who were ‘secretly’ working to build parent resilience, parenting skills and social networks. These families were demonstrating successful restoration rates that were uncommon anywhere else in the system. These families were motivated by the beliefs that all families go through tough times and the best way to support children is to support whole families.
We learnt from these families and are now sharing their experience to give more families an opportunity to reunite safely.