The Parents and Families Advocacy Service values the important role parents and families play in the lives and development of their children.  The Parents and Families Advocacy Service supports parents in developing the confidence and ability to self-advocate effectively with the Child Safety Service and, to work with the Child Safety Service to preserve the safety of their children, whilst working toward reuniting the family.

The Parents and Families Advocacy Service operates within the 7 Fundamental Principles of the Australian Red Cross; Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.  There may come a time when some parents may not know what to do, or how to work with Child Safety Service.  If this time comes, the Parents and Families Advocacy Service is here to help.

We support parents and families through the provision of:

  • Information about Child Safety Service processes
  • Advice about how best to work effectively with Child Safety Service
  • Skills to assist in feeling more confident when communicating and interacting with the Child Safety Service

The Parents and Families Advocacy Service team includes skilled Peer Advocates who support parents, families and caregivers.  Our Peer Advocates are volunteers who understand how parents, families and caregivers may be feeling, as many have been in similar situations and have personal experience of involvement with the Child Safety Service.

At the Parents and Families Advocacy Service, we aim to give parents, families and caregivers a stronger voice when working with the Child Safety Service, and ensure their wishes, goals and concerns are presented, and being heard.

  • The Parents and Families Advocacy Service DOES NOT have any influence over assessments or decisions made by the Child Safety Service or the Courts.
  • We DO help and support parents, families and caregivers to better understand Child Safety Service processes, and to feel more confident when communicating and interacting with the Child Safety Service.

Who can access the service?

To be eligible to access the services offered by the Parents and Families Advocacy Service,  you must be located in the Southern Region of Tasmania and;
• Be at risk of having your child or, children being removed in to care, or
• Currently have your child or, children subjected to Care and Protection Orders.