Parents' experiences with child protection during pregnancy and post-birth

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Trew, Sebastian, Taplin, Stephanie, O'Donnell, Melissa, Marriott, Rhonda and Broadhurst, Karen. (2022). Parents' experiences with child protection during pregnancy and post-birth. Child and Family Social Work. 28(2), pp. 549-562. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12984
AuthorsTrew, Sebastian, Taplin, Stephanie, O'Donnell, Melissa, Marriott, Rhonda and Broadhurst, Karen
Abstract

Limited research has directly sought the input of parents involved in the child protection system during pregnancy and with their infants. As the focus of these policies and practices, parents have a unique and important insight not available to others, so it is vital to obtain their input. As part of a larger Australian study, qualitative interviews were undertaken with 13 parents asking about their views and experiences. Parents predominantly became involved with child protection services during pregnancy through a prenatal report. Parents who previously had their newborn removed from their care described it as sudden and unexpected, leaving them distressed and unsupported post-removal, with a growing list of requirements for them to see their baby or for restoration to be considered. Domestic violence was a particular issue of concern for some mothers who expressed distress that their partners, perpetrators of violence, were allowed access to their infant with fewer requirements than for them. Improvements recommended by the parents included greater communication and preparation for the removal, better recognition of improvements in their situations and increased supports to be provided to parents both pre- and post-removal. Parental experiences provide an important guide to improving child protection practice with these families.

Keywordschild protection; child removal; infants; lived experience; mothers; parents
Year2022
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Journal citation28 (2), pp. 549-562
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN1356-7500
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12984
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85143211817
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Page range549-562
FunderAustralian Research Council (ARC)
Stan Perron Charitable Foundation
Family Inclusion Network of Western Australia (FINWA)
Women's Health and Family Services
Developmental Disability Western Australia (DDWA)
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Online15 Nov 2022
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Accepted23 Oct 2022
Deposited28 Apr 2023
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
Grant IDDP170101441
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