Posted 19-09-2017
Submission on the Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2017

Micah Projects and the Family Inclusion Network welcome the opportunity to provide this submission to the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic Violence Prevention Committee regarding the Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2017.

Posted 18-07-2017
Parents as Leaders

Introducing the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) and its 2016 inaugural graduates!

The participants took part in the 2016 pilot program, encouraging each other to act on issues that impact their families and to become leaders in their communities.

They now have the skills and knowledge to influence issues and policies that affect their families, from neighbourhood to state level.   Parent Leadership Training is run in partnership with the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) from Connecticut US and the Family Inclusion Network SEQ.

Posted 31-05-2017
Parent Leadership Training Institute Program Evaluation Report

Evaluation by Professor Karen Healy, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Queensland 2016

The Family Inclusion Network – South East Queensland (FIN SEQ) operating under the auspices of Micah Projects conducted a Parent Leadership training initiative in Brisbane. The pilot operated over a 15 week period between August 28, 2016 and November 30, 2016.

At the commencement of the program participants were asked to complete a survey and at the completion of the program, participants were asked to complete a ‘post’ survey.  This analysis focuses on a comparison of the pre and post surveys.

Posted 31-05-2017
The Parent Leadership Training Institute Brisbane - Graduates of 2016

The 2016 Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) Graduates book summarises the classes and parent projects presented during the Brisbane pilot of PLTI. 

Since completing the Parent Leadership training parents continue on their leadership journeys and continue to influence change in their families and  communities. Feel free to contact us if you have an interest in their projects or would like to mentor emerging parent leaders in future classes.

Posted 31-05-2017
Queensland Child Protection Parent Perspectives Study

A study by Clare Tilbury, School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University, May 2017

This research explored levels of parent satisfaction with statutory child protection services in Queensland.

Through a self-administered survey, parents whose children were subject to statutory child protection intervention were asked about their satisfaction with aspects of service delivery. The survey was conducted in two waves during 2016.

Systematically obtaining client opinions about human services is a mechanism to give a voice to clients in performance measurement, and is essential to continuous improvement and ongoing quality assurance. It is also consistent with the principle of recognising service users as active agents in interventions and promoting their autonomy. 

Posted 31-05-2017
‘No voice, no opinion, nothing’: Parent experiences when children are removed and placed in care

University of Newcastle, NSW Research Report by Dr Nicola Ross, Jessica Cocks, Lou Johnston, Lynette Stoker, 2017

In 2014 and early 2015 Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter Inc (FISH) held two landmark research and practice forums designed to explore the importance of family inclusion in child protection and out of home care practice and of family relationships for children in care. The forums included the voices of parents and carers with children in care and dramatically highlighted the need for this research. The research team was formed following those events. 

Posted 29-05-2017
Growing and Sustaining Parent Engagement: A Toolkit for Parents and Community Partners

Prepared by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington, D.C. December 2010

The Toolkit was commissioned by First 5 LA’s Partnerships For Families, Los Angeles, USA as a quick and easy guide to help support and sustain parent engagement. It provides how to’s for implementing three powerful strategies communities can use to maintain and grow parent engagement work that is already underway: Creating a Parent Engagement 1) Roadmap, 2) Checklist and 3) Support Network.

Posted 28-05-2017
Giving Voice to Vulnerable Families

Summary of effective parental engagement programs conducted by Lori Rubenstein, 2015

The review seeks to define successful participatory processes that may influence service and policy design and lead to improved outcomes for families and children experiencing disadvantage in Brisbane. Exemplars of parental engagement models most relevant to the Giving a Voice to Vulnerable Families project have been outlined through these findings.

Posted 28-05-2017
A Necessary Engagement: An international review of parent and family engagement in child protection

By Mary Ivec, Social Action and Research Centre, 2013

How child protection services engage with parents ultimately affects the outcomes for children in the system, including safety, permanency and wellbeing. This overview documents international and Australian examples of good practice in engagement, support and advocacy for parents who have contact with child protection systems. Report prepared for Anglicare Tasmania.

Posted 28-05-2017
Our Way - A generational strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families 2017 - 2037

"Guided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, Our Way outlines our approach, across 20 years, to work differently together to improve life opportunities for our state’s vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families."

"A key commitment in Supporting Families Changing Futures, Our Way represents a fundamental shift in how child protection, family support and other services work with, and for, Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families." Queensland Government statement.