Easy English fact sheets for parents dealing with the child protection system. Advice from parents with experience.

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Help to parent well

Most parents have help.
It is hard to
  • be a parent
  • parent on your own.
You want to parent well.
You can get help.

Why get help?

Every parent finds it hard.
Other people can
  • give you ideas
  • help you feel you are not alone.
They are like a support team.
You can get help from
  • parenting groups
  • family
  • friends
  • services.
You can also look up ideas yourself.
Parenting groups
There are lots of these groups.
Some groups help when your child is
  • in care
  • is at home with you.

Your child is with you

These are some groups you can try.
Keeping Children Safe
This group helps you know how to keep your child safe.
They talk about
  • abuse
  • neglect.
Read more about abuse and neglect in our
fact sheet Keep your child safe.
Circle of Security
You learn how to feel close to your child.
This is called bonding.
This group is for parents of young children. Like
  • babies
  • toddlers
  • kinder children
  • primary school children.
Find a group near you at www.resourcingparents.nsw.gov.au

Your child does not live with you

You can use the groups
  • Keeping children safe
  • Circle of Security.
Kids in care
This is a group run by Relationships Australia.
Your child does not live with you.
You can get ideas to help you.
My kids and me
This is a group run by CatholicCare.
Your child does not live with you.
They help parents
  • think about their family
  • with ideas of how to cope without your child.
Resourcing Parents
A website
  • with parent tips
  • to help you find groups.
Positive Powerful Parents
A place to talk to other parents.
The group is for parents with an intellectual disability.
You meet online.
They have a Facebook page.
They have a private Facebook group.
Only parents in the group can see what you talk about.
You can talk to other parents about
  • child protection
  • Childrens Court.
Type the words
positive powerful parents
in to the search button.
Look for the logo like this.
Ask to join

Help from friends and family

They can help with your child. Like
  • look after your child at times
  • help you find a service
  • listen to you
  • share ideas
  • help you look after your self.

Services that can help

Child care
This can give you a break.
Your child will also learn new things at child care.
Play group with support
The play group is run by a worker.
Ask at your
  • Community centre
  • Resourcing parents website.
    See More information
    at the end of this fact sheet
Story time at library
Listen to a story together with your child.
There are other children and parents there too.
Meet other parents.
Family Support
Get help to do the hard parts of being a parent.
Parent help line
Like Parentline.
Read our fact sheet
Get help. Who to call.
Community Services
They can help you.
Your child may have a case worker.
Call your case worker
Call your local DCJ office for help.
NDIS help
Some parents may have an NDIS plan.
Your goals can be about being a parent. Like
  • learn to keep your home clean
  • learn new parenting skills
  • help to make a routine
  • help to get to meetings.
Other places for help
Watch videos online.
Go to www.raisingchildren.net.au
Parent magazines
They have good tips.
Like how to make a healthy lunch box.
Ask someone to help you read the magazine.
There is lots of information on the internet.
You can do a google search.

More Information

Read our fact sheet
Get help. Who to call
This fact sheet is general information.
It may not be the same for you.
Talk to a lawyer about
  • your own child
  • your family.
This fact sheet was made by
  • The WASH House
  • The Ability Rights Centre. A service of IDRS
  • a Parent Advisory Group, 2020.
We have used images from
  • ChangePeople
  • Inspired Services
  • Mayer-Johnson
  • Picto-Selector
  • TheNounProject.
Access Easy English helped The WASH House write the Easy English.
February 2020.


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