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

Professor Alan Hayes

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 and Jessica Cocks FISH convener in background

Professor Brid Featherstone and Jessica Cocks FISH convener in background

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)

Felicity Kime (FISH Parent Leader)

Panel Session

Panel Session

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