PARENT PEER SUPPORT PROJECT TEAM 

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Lyn Stoker, Project Coordinator

Lynette is a lecturer in the Master of Family Studies and has experience and interest in out of home care, child welfare and child-focused practice. She is also a foundation member of FISH. She has been a practitioner in health and community services, a consultant with nonGovernment organisations and is interested in exploring early intervention and organisational responses to support better practice.

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Tammy Prince-Doyle, Parent Leader

Tammy is a parent leader and Vice President of Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter. She is also a child welfare worker who supports and cares for traumatised children and young people in our care system. Tammy is the mother of three children. One was never removed and the other two children spent periods of time in care and have now been reunified with her and with each other. Tammy uses her own lived experience to help other parents and workers in the system navigate and build a more family inclusive and relational approach. Tammy is a regular speaker and facilitator with groups and at events about family inclusion and is dedicated to systemic change in the interests of children. 

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Dr Nicola Ross, Project Manager

Nicola is an academic who has practiced as a lawyer and social worker. She undertakes sociolegal research. Her experience and research interests encompass child protection, family and criminal law with an emphasis on children’s participation, lawyers’ work with children and family violence. She has previously interviewed lawyers and children about their experiences of family, child protection and criminal proceedings. Ms Jessica Cocks, Practice Lead, Children, Young People and Families,

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Jessica Cocks, Project Management Team

Jessica was a founding member of FISH in 2014. Jessica is a researcher and practitioner in out of home care with over 25 years experience. In 2016 Jessica was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research family inclusion initiatives in child welfare.

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Lou Johnston, Project Management Team

Lou is a social worker, consultant, and casual academic with interests in organisations, systems, and worker development. Recent research includes perspectives of parents who had children removed, parents and carers of children with a disability and the NDIS, and her PhD study is on developing supervision practice. As a consultant, Lou has worked extensively with managers in statutory and non-government child protection services.