Advocacy for Parents
Being a parent is an enormously challenging role for most people. If you also have a leaning difficulty or mental ill health it can feel even more overwhelming. As one parent commented “it felt like everyone was against me and I was totally on my own. I was terrified that I would lose my baby”
We provide advocacy support to parents in these situations. Parents are often caught up in complex legal and child protection processes where professionals may be involved in assessing their ability to parent effectively. They may find it difficult to have their voice and views heard and may feel daunted and overwhelmed. Advocates are also involved in support involving other areas of life such as housing, finance and access to appropriate services and support.
An advocate can provide support to enable parents to articulate their views and perspective and ensure it is heard and taken in to account. They can accompany them to meeting with professional and ensure that information, advice and guidance is understood and parents are clear about options and processes. They can provide moral support to parents who often feel under pressure and alone. Advocates are not decision makers but can ensure that decisions are fair and transparent and truly reflect the views and experience of the parent.
For further information:
Contact: Janine Daniels-Stretch
Nora Fry Research Centre