Jessica is a social worker and researcher in child and family practice. Her current role is practice lead for children and families at Life Without Barriers. Jessica is also co-founder of Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter, a parent and family led organisation based in Newcastle, NSW which promotes family inclusion in child protection and out of home care. Jessica’s research and practice concerns are on conceptualising, building and implementing family inclusive initiatives including peer parent and family advocacy, relational permanence for children and parent and family leadership. Her work challenges dichotomised thinking about families and children in child protection and argues for a reconceptualisation of good practice that recognises and addresses the social context of child removal and the profound power imbalances faced by children and families.

 

Since returning from her Fellowship in early 2018 Jessica has co-led the development and evaluation of the Parent Peer Support Project in Newcastle, NSW. Her Fellowship and subsequent work is also contributing to peer work and family leadership initiatives emerging in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.

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To research innovative parent /family inclusion and partnership approaches in child welfare

To research innovative parent /family inclusion and partnership approaches in child welfare

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