You and the Child Safety Service

Do you have children in care or, at risk of being placed into care as a result of a Child Safety Service’s intervention?

The Parents and Families Advocacy Service (PFAS) is a free Peer Advocacy service offered to all eligible parents and families who are involved with the Child Safety Service in Southern Tasmania.

Funded by the Tasmanian Government through the Department of Health and Human Services, delivered by the Australian Red Cross, the Parents and Families Advocacy Service will work with you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to advocate more effectively for your family.

The Parents and Families Advocacy Service DOES:

  • Provide support to parents, families and caregivers
  • Provide information about the Child Safety Service process and possible interventions
  • Link parents, family members and caregivers with targeted services and supports
  • Listen to, support and guide parents, families and caregivers to identify and work towards achievable outcomes.
  • Support parents, families or other care givers communicate with Child Safety Service

The Parents and Families Advocacy Service DOES NOT:

  • Have any influence over assessments and decisions made by the Child Safety Service
  • Have any influence over decisions made by Courts
  • Act on your behalf in relation to matters before the Family Court of Australia
  • Provide legal advice or directions
  • Provide short or long-term therapeutic counselling services

How We Help

We work with parents, family members and caregivers who are involved with the Child Safety Service in Southern Tasmania to more effectively communicate with, and advocate for themselves when working with Child Safety through providing information, interpersonal support and referrals to additional support services.

Contact & Resources

Find some contacts and links to resources that might be helpful if you find your self involved with the Child Safety Service

Become a Peer Advocate

Would you like to join our team and provide support parents, caregivers and families who are involved with the Child Safety Service?