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

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Who can help you?

It can be hard to work with Community Services.
Community Services have other names too. Like
  • DCJ
  • FACS
  • DOCS.
Read our fact sheet
Who are NSW Community Services?
You can not do this on your own.
It is good to have help.
You can get help
  • with Court
  • to parent well
  • to look after yourself.
You may need help from
  • a legal person. This is called a lawyer
  • a support person
  • an advocate.

Legal help

You can get legal help for
  • information about your choices
  • Court.
Read our fact sheets

Support person

You can have a support person to
  • go to meetings. Like at Community Services
  • go to Court. Like they can wait with you.
Read our fact sheets
What is a support person?


An advocate can help you
  • in meetings
  • at court.
They can help you
  • speak up for your self
  • talk for you
  • know what others are saying.
Read our fact sheet
What is an advocate?

Help to parent well

To get help to parent well is good
  • before you work with Community Services
  • when you work with Community Services
You can get help from
  • a parenting group
  • a worker in your home.
Read our fact sheet
Help to parent well.

Look after you.

You can get help from
  • friends
  • family
  • a counsellor.
You may feel
  • scared
  • sad
  • fed up.
It is important to look after your feelings.
A counsellor can help you
  • talk about how you feel
  • care for yourself
  • make plans to help yourself
Friends and family can
  • listen to you
  • go to meetings with you
  • be with you.
Read our fact sheet
Look after yourself.

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


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