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Reforming the Child Protection System: Parents and Their Allies Together

Firstly, thanks so much to all who attended our event on parent partnerships on 25 February in Birmingham, kindly funded by the Teaching Partnership.

The feedback we have had so far has been great, and we felt that it was a productive, engaging and collaborative day. The input of the parents was stunning and moving, with parents and allies kindly coming from New York, London, the West Midlands and a host of other areas too!

We discussed the current evidence base for parent partnerships and the positive impacts they can have. This includes reducing the need for children to be in care; developing better help for families; and creating better cooperation and partnership between parents and social workers. 

More importantly we heard moving testimony from parents and parent advocates themselves. They all described wanting to work with social workers collaboratively to develop more humane and compassionate systems. I am confident that we all share this aim!

It was heartening that a number of Local Authorities/Trusts expressed sincere desire to take this agenda forwards with us. It seems clear that this is the next big thing in children and families social work, so be a part of the journey!

There’s still the opportunity to take this exciting and important agenda forwards with us, parents and their allies and other local authorities. If you are interested do make contact: s.p.c.haworth@bham.ac.uk.

Simon Haworth, Social Work Lecturer, University of Birmingham 

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