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

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What is a support person?

A support person can
  • come to meetings with you
  • come to Court
  • tell you what things mean
  • help you understand your choices
A support person can be a
  • friend
  • other family
  • social worker.
They may also be a volunteer.

Who is a good support person?

It is someone who
  • knows you well
  • you trust
  • can understand you
  • can tell you things so you can understand it.
They need to
  • be a good listener
  • stay calm.
You do not want someone who gets angry.
They also need to know how
Community Services work.
The Ability Rights Centre may be able to help you with a support person.
Call Ability Rights Centre.
Ask about a support person for Childrens Court.
Call 02 9265 6350.

More information

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
  • Mayer-Johnson
  • Picto-Selector
Access Easy English helped The WASH House write the Easy English.
February 2020.


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