Advocacy for parents and carers involved with children's services: Making a difference to working in partnership?

Brid Featherstone, Claire Fraser, Cathy Ashley, Pam Ledward

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This paper explores findings from the evaluation of a scheme providing direct advocacy to parents where there were concerns about their ability to provide safe care for their children. The evaluation explored the views of service users, social workers and conference chairpersons and found general agreement that the advocacy scheme contributed positively to the process of working in partnership. This is of interest given research findings which suggest that working in partnership is particularly difficult in cases involving child protection issues. However, it is noted that there appears to be little political will to develop advocacy schemes for parents in the UK, and this is of concern given the lack of supports available to them to navigate a complex and often intimidating system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-275
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number3
Early online date15 Nov 2010
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes


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