Parent to Parent Peer Advocacy
Information for parents about having a parent advocate
How a parent advocate can help
Any parent having a Child Protection Conference (CPC) or other meeting with children’s services can ask to have a parent advocate.
Because they understand what it's like to have professionals involved with their family, parent advocates are able to help you by:
- providing emotional support
- helping you understand the process and what to expect at the meeting
- discussing the professional report
- ensuring your views are heard at the meeting
The support provided by parent advocates takes place in three stages:
- The parent advocate meets with you before the CPC/meeting to discuss the professional report, and help you think about your views on the best plan for your family and any support you would like.
- The parent advocate attends the CPC/meeting with you to make sure you feel supported, are able to express your views, and question anything you're unsure of.
- The parent advocate meets with you again after the CPC/meeting to discuss what will happen next and make sure you feel more confident taking part in future meetings.
How to request support from a parent advocate
If you have been notified that a CPC or other meeting with children’s services will be taking place and you'd like to have the support of a parent advocate, you can either:
- ask your social worker to make a referral
- email us
If you'd like any further information about having a parent advocate or have any questions, contact Jacqui Cox, the family inclusion coordinator on 07714 073 719 or email us.
Page last updated: 06 September 2021