Parents with disability also referred to as ‘The Parents Project’ or ‘Making Sense’ is a specialist service offered by our team; we assist people with intellectual disability who have either had their children removed from their care by Family and Community Services, or who are at risk of having their children removed.
Helping parents with intellectual disability make sense of the child protection system in NSW; our team consists of a Solicitor and a Support Worker / Parent Advocate who have assisted parents on more than 181 occasions in the last 12 months.
|Service||Number of parents assisted|
|Legal Advice and casework||48|
|Non-legal advocacy and casework||30|
|Support person at court||40|
We provide specialised advocacy, support and legal assistance to parents with intellectual disability including:
- Legal advice, casework and representation to parents with intellectual disability in child care and protection matters
- Non-legal advocacy and support for parents with intellectual disability and those who support them
- Support person for parents at Children’s Court in child care and protection matters
- Capacity building among professionals working with parents with intellectual disability – primarily disability advocates and support workers, child protection works, lawyers and court staff
- Input into relevant policy debates and law reform processes and lobbies for systemic change what will improve outcomes for families’ where a parent has intellectual disability