'I'm just a mother. I'm nothing special, they're all professionals': Parental advocacy as an aid to parental engagement

Brid Featherstone, Claire Fraser

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This paper discusses findings from an evaluation of an advocacy scheme for parents whose children were subject to child protection proceedings including a pilot project where co-operation between parents and professionals was an issue. Encouraging findings of parents' experiences of being heard, being able to listen, and, in some cases, to act on concerns about their children's welfare are outlined. Three case studies offer accounts of practices that are gendered and occur against a backdrop of ethnic disadvantage. The paper suggests that current debates about reform need to recognize the need to support parents to manage intimidating systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-253
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


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