Assessing Parental Capacity and Working with Parents

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Assessing parental capacity and working with parents is a key practice area in every aspect of child welfare work as it goes to the quality of care that the child is experiencing or will experience. The assessment of parenting capacity is critical in restoration as well as preservation work. This area of practice focus reflects the changing role of NGO caseworkers as they work more closely with families and parents in order to safely prevent removal and to restore children and young people who have entered out-of-home care.

This two day forum will explore different views on best practice when working with families and the issues involved in the assessment of parental capacity.

Explore parent’s experiencing of being assessed and having children restored, the available frameworks and tools in assessing parenting capacity, the role of culture in assessment, family group conferencing and the use of evidence based programs.

In addition to hearing from key stakeholders, practitioners and researchers we would like to hear from you. To facilitate this you are invited to use a ‘speed presentation format’ for a maximum of 5 minutes. You might share a resource, or one aspect of how you have embedded restoration/preservation practice in your team, or pose a question that you think needs attention. Please email Terry if you are interested in presenting for this segment.

Speakers include:

  • Prof. Elizabeth Fernandez, UNSW – Author of Pathways to Permanency
  • Kate Alexander, FACS – Executive Director, Office of the Senior Practitioner
  • Louise Mulroney & Jo Roach, ACWA – Step by Step Assessment Tool developers
  • Jessica Cocks, Life Without Barriers – Churchill Fellow Peer work and Parent Leadership
  • FISH (Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter) presentation
  • Dea Delaney-Thiele, OzChild – using evidence-based programs
  • Janette Buckingham & Seini Afeaki – Children’s Court Clinic
  • A/Prof Amy Conley Wright, Director & Dr Susan Collings, Research Fellow Institute of Open Adoption Studies, University of Sydney – international evidence about practices that support birth parents and carers/adoptive parents to build positive relationships.

As presenters are finalised they will be added to the program.