Exploring international approaches to parent advocacy and peer work, parent leadership and carer-parent relationships
In 2016, our founding president, Jessica Cocks, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore and research family inclusive practice initiatives overseas. Churchill Fellowships are awarded annually by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for Australians to travel overseas and explore initiatives and innovations of value to Australia. For more information about Churchill Fellowships check this link. We are excited that the Trust recognised that family inclusion is something that needs to develop and has value for Australia. Jessica travelled to the USA, Canada, Norway and the UK. She explored three key innovations: parent advocacy and peer work, parent leadership and carer-parent relationships. Our parent peer support project was developed based partly on lessons from the Fellowship, which continue to inform our peer support and advocacy.