BIG FISH EVENTS AND MEETINGS
Poverty: A forgotten issue in child protection
In 2018 FISH (in partnership with Life Without Barriers and Family Action Centre) presented an event on poverty and intersections with the child protection system. Overall the event was a great success. It signified a great level of dedication and determination by all involved to shine a light on child protection issues and inequalities that work counter to family inclusion and the safety and best interests of the child.
Professor Alan Hayes (Distinguished Professor of Family Studies, University of Newcastle and Director of Family Action Centre) began with an introduction to poverty and child protection within the Australian context.
Professor Brid Featherstone (Head of School of Social Work at Huddersfield University, England) shared her research findings into child welfare inequalities with a particular emphasis on how families in poverty experience the child protection system in England. Read about Professor Featherstone’s research project here
Felicity Kime (FISH Parent Leader),shared her lived experiences of the child protection system, providing invaluable insight from a parents perspective.
The event concluded with a panel session facilitated by Jessica Cocks (FISH Convener), and included FISH parent leaders, a carer, a case worker, people with care experience and Professor Featherstone
Occasionally FISH holds meetings in the community. These meetings are an opportunity to hear about the projects we are working on and to meet with other parents and workers who are interested in family inclusion.
Watch this space for updates in 2019 about the next meeting, where it will be located and who will be presenting. We hope to see you there.
In past meetings we have had lots of parents attending for the first time who have shared their experiences. We have also had carers attend which is vital to improve family inclusion.
Our worker presenters come from a diverse range of sectors including child and family law. For example, Neisha Shepherd, an experienced care and protection lawyer. provided ideas and information about navigating the legal system as a parent. Information is power!
At another meeting we networked and had the opportunity to hear about the importance of listening to parents when domestic violence is an issue. Who knows best about the impact and experience of family violence? Families experiencing family violence!