Information for Parents

Parents Rights

You have the right to:

  • Be a Parent
  • To have the same rights as all parents
  • Speak up for yourself
  • Be listened to
  • Have programs made to meet your needs – this could include extra time and support
  • Have information given to you in Plain English or the best way you understand
  • Get help
  • Ask for support and get support
  • Have the right kind of support
  • Have support to attend access visits with their children
  • Ask for Advocacy
  • Get Advocacy
  • Get legal support
  • Ask child protection to come back or call back when you have support with you
  • Ask child protection for copies of all documents
  • Ask child protection questions
  • Be told the truth
  • Change your goals in your NDIS plan as soon as possible – a new goal can be – “To be the best parent I can be”
  • Ask your NDIS support coordinator, planner or LAC to help you make your NDIS plan show what extra support you will need because of your disability


What Child Protection might look for when they remove your child

Child Protection may look for things like:

  • Do you have the right supports in place? – this could be from family, friends, services, support workers and an NDIS plan
  • Is your home safe- are there things on the floor that your baby/child might put in their mouth and choke on?
  • Is your home dangerous- are there power cords showing that your child may touch?
  • Is your home clean – is your kitchen clean for making baby bottles?
  • Is there Family Violence in your house?
  • Are people using drugs in your house?

Child Protection want children to be safe.

If there has been a report made to child protection about your child, child protection will investigate.


What to do if Child Protection contact you

Don’t panic

Stay calm

Get support : support can be from family members, friends, a support worker, your NDIS support coordinator – planner and any services you are with

Look at these links:

VALID (Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability) made this document called Steps to Speaking Up

It has lots of information about what you can do if Child Protection contact you

Click the link to find out more

https://www.valid.org.au/

The Family Inclusion Network Vic also has information about dealing with child protection

Click the link below to find out more

https://www.finvic.org.au/parents/dealing-child-protection/

The Bumpy Road

Easy English fact sheets for parents dealing with the child protection system. Advice from parents with lived experience. (some information will be for NSW only)

http://www.bumpyroad.org.au/


Do you need Legal advice or an Advocate?

Please see contacts below

Legal Aid

https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/

Disability Discrimination Legal Service

http://www.ddls.org.au/

VALID : Advocate

Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability

http://www.valid.org.au/

Star Victoria : Advocate

https://starvictoria.org.au/

OPA

Office of the Public Advocate

https://www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au

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