FISH is a not-for-profit organisation with very limited funding to promote family inclusive practice in out-of-home-care in the interests of children, young people and families. We raise funds for support and advocacy through parent-led information, training, workshops & consultation.
WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS AND FAMILY
PLEASE NOTE: We currently only run this workshop with parents whose child’s current permanency goal is restoration. If you are not sure about this, ask your caseworker/case manager.
Future workshops will be offered where the permanency goal is not restoration.
We don’t have new dates for the restoration workshops at the moment. Register and when we have a date we will contact you about attending. Parents are not charged for these workshops.
This workshop is for parents and was developed by parents with lived experience of restoration. It is co-facilitated by two of our peer support workers who have experience of restoration and will tell parts of their stories during the workshop and connect them with workshop activities.
The workshop includes:
- staying focused on children’s interests and needs
- strengthening child-parent relationships
- how putting thought into family time may help work towards restoration
- the importance of parents being actively involved in planning and decision making about their child.
Workshop activities relate to real-life restoration events, including knowing what plans what might be in place and starting plans to discuss with caseworkers/case managers.
SOME FEEDBACK FROM PARENTS IN OUR PILOT WORKSHOP IN JUNE 2021:
“I really enjoyed the course. It has given me many tools and forms to help me with my section 90 journey.”
The most important thing I learned is, “That the restoration process is not as easy as go to court and have the sect 90 approved.”
“I feel that the group was run very well and it’s well planned out. The people running the group were very understanding and explained everything extremely well.”
WORKSHOPS FOR CARERS AND WORKERS
Our workshops for workers and carers focus on building and maintaining good relationships with parents and family of children in care. They promote meaningful inclusion of parents and family in their children’s lives and decisions that affect them. We can provide workshops for specifics groups – workers OR carers – or mixed groups which can help work on partnerships during the workshop.
We haven’t been running our worker and carer workshops for some time now because of COVID restrictions. We are looking forward to starting again in the second half of 2021.
Send a request via our email to request a workshop for your agency’s workers and carers and we will call back and discuss.
WORKER EVALUATION COMMENTS: (2019)
Something new I learned from the workshop… “The scope to which parents could be involved”
“The effect that not including the parents can have on the children and the parents”
“There is always reasons behind a parent’s behaviour or how they present. We should look into it more before making judgements and decisions”