Peer Support & Advocacy Services
Peer workers aim to support, educate and empower parents whose children were removed and placed in care or may be at risk of being removed.
They are part of a team of peers who have successfully navigated child protection systems and use their experiences to help others. They are trained and supervised and do a combination of paid and voluntary work.
COURT SUPPORT: Peer Workers are at Broadmeadow Children’s Court every Thursday to support parents and family attending court for care and protection matters. They can provide emotional support and information and can share their own experiences of the system.
We returned to providing in-person court support in-person in April 2022 after Covid restrictions changed at NSW Children’s Courts.
You can also call our free phone line for support before and after court if you are appearing at a different court.
PHONE SUPPORT: For confidential peer support over the phone call our free line on
1300 942 598
Call our peer workers. If they are not available, leave a message, and they will call.
GROUP SUPPORT: Peer Workers provide different group support options where parents and families can share experiences, tips and advice about child protection and out-of-home care.
OUR PEER SUPPORT HISTORY
FISH was involved in the Parent Peer Support Project (PPSP) between March 2019 and October 2020. It was a short funded trial project that provided peer support for parents who had children removed from their care. Some of the Parent Partners who worked in the PPSP now work for FISH as Peer Workers. Everything has stayed the same but it is now a FISH service. We are grateful to the PPSP management team, the parent partners, and parents and practitioners who supported the PPSP and made the FISH expansion possible.
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Parent Partners also created a series of information resource sheets for parents and family new to the system that might help them in child protection, legal, and out-of-home care (OOHC) processes and systems (see below).
Do you have a question?
If you require some additional direction or support, feel free to send us an email.