Building a community of practice for services supporting parents who have experienced recurrent care proceedings
April 2020 - March 2021
Public Health England
The Centre, working as part of a consortium of organisations has secured a grant from Public Health England (PHE) to develop a Community of Practice for practitioners working with parents who have had children removed from their care through public family law proceedings. The funding has been secured under PHE’s Reproductive Health, Sexual Health and HIV Innovation Fund and will particularly focus on building practice responses to the reproductive and sexual health needs of this population. Following on from our Vulnerable Birth Mothers and Recurrent Care Proceedings work, this project aims to develop public health perspectives on supporting reproductive and sexual health in the context of developmental and relational trauma, stigma and complicated grief. The Community of Practice aims to support an emergent, often isolated workforce to meet PHE priorities for the sexual health of this population.
This 12-month national project comprises two strands of work:
1: Service Mapping. Providing the first national overview of existing, specialist services for this population.
2: Developing and online Community of Practice (CoP) and open access resource repository for practitioners working with parents who have had children removed from their care through court proceedings.
The project builds on the Centre’s strong track record of research and development in this field, including recurrent care proceedings for mothers and fathers, and infants who become looked after in England, Wales, and Scotland.
Claire Mason (Research Fellow/Lancaster lead)
Karen Broadhurst (advisor to the project)
Research in Practice (Project lead)
Nuffield Family Justice Observatory
Event: Online Seminar and Panel Discussion, 17th March 2021
Supporting parents who have experienced care proceedings: building an emerging area of practice
When: 17th March 2021, 9:30am - 1:30pm
Where: Online via MS Teams
To book your place, please email: email@example.com or visit https://www.researchinpractice...
About the event
Over the last year we have been funded by Public Health England to develop a national Community of Practice, bringing together practitioners working with parents who have had children removed from their care through public family law proceedings. This developing area of practice has rich learning to share with colleagues across health and social care keen to build trauma-informed responses in working with parents.
Join us on 17th March where we will share the results of our service mapping research, discuss with our panel of sector leaders the provision of trauma-informed responses to parents across health, social care and family justice, hear from practitioners and parents who will launch new resources co-developed in the course of the project, and launch the project's website (please note, the website will go live on 17th March 2021).
The panel includes: Sir Andrew McFarlane (President of the Family Division), Charlotte Ramsden (DCS Salford and incoming ADCS President) and Isabelle Trowler (Chief Social Worker for children and families, DfE).
For further details contact Claire Mason (firstname.lastname@example.org)