Peer Support Services
We have expanded FISH services to include peer support and advocacy. This is a new thing for FISH and we are excited!
Peer support workers aim to support, educate and empower parents whose children were removed and placed in care.
Click the picture below to download an info flyer about our peer support services for parents and families. Send a copy to people who might be interested.
We were 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.
Parent Partners who worked in the PPSP now work for FISH as Peer Support Workers. Everything has stayed the same but it is now a FISH service. We are very grateful to the PPSP management team, the parent partners, and parents and practitioners who supported the PPSP and made the FISH expansion possible.
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).
Peer Support Workers
for parents and family
FISH Peer Support Workers are part of a team and provide support to other parents. They have successfully navigated the child protection system themselves and use their experiences to help others. They are trained and supervised. They do a combination of paid and voluntary work to support other parents.
FISH Peer Support Workers are available for parents and family:
- At Broadmeadow Children’s Court on Thursdays.
- On a free phone line on weekdays.
- At parent-only morning teas every second Monday. more info
For confidential parent peer support over the phone call Rachel, Felicity, or Ange on
Monday—Friday, 10:00am-2:00 pm AEST
at other times, leave a message and they will call back
It can be very helpful to have peer support at meetings, conferences, etc. We rarely provide this because we are currently not funded for that type of support. We can do it for a fee. DCJ or another agency may help with costs.
We are looking for more peer support workers.
Do you have a question?
If you require some additional direction or support, feel free to send us an email.