Lyn Stoker

Biography

Lyn Stoker teaches Family Studies at the University of Newcastle and has extensive experience as a social worker in government and non government settings. She is a co founder of Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter with practice and research interests in family inclusion.

ABSTRACT

This workshop will explore how genuine partnership and inclusion of parents and family in child protection and out of home care practice can positively contribute to achieving the current goals of the third action plan for the National Framework: “Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business”.

We will examine each of the 3 strategies from the perspective of parents with lived experience of child removal. Using workshop based activities that draw on the expertise of parents and family as well as from research we will identify family inclusive actions and achievable changes that will promote these policy outcomes. Strategies will be generated that rely on family inclusion, partnership and participation with parents and family with children impacted by child protection investigations and /or child removal and placement in out of home care. The workshop will reference Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter Inc (FISH), a partnership and collaboration of parents, agencies and child protection practitioners in the Hunter Valley of NSW. Facilitators /presenters include parents with lived experience of child removal and out of home care placement and workers from child welfare agencies. We will also draw on recent local research with parents conducted in collaboration with FISH, Life Without Barriers and the University of Newcastle. We will discuss how family inclusion is a key part of early intervention and supporting children in the first 1000 days, improving outcomes for children in OOHC and increasing the safety and responsiveness of organisations who care for children and their families.

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