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If your family is involved with children's services, or you need help from these services, our interactive web-pages will give you the information you need.

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Blogs and Vlogs

Families' voices and opinions are at the heart of our media. Our blogs and vlogs page features articles and videos by parents, kinship carers and other professionals on subjects of child welfare and more.

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Policy and Campaigns

Read about the Care Crisis Review, our kinship care campaigns, our policy work and download our press releases.

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Supporters Network

By joining the Family Rights Group Supporters’ Network, you agree to make a donation, no matter how big or small, which will make a crucial contribution to our work.

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Parental advocacy in the child protection process

This intermediate level course will consider the duties and responsibilities of children's social care agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare and how to effectively advocate for parents in such circumstances. The course assumes that you have attended the introduction to child care law course or already have a good knowledge of child welfare law and practice.

Aims and learning outcomes:

• Understand at what point a Local Authority has to get involved in a child’s life, what the local authority should do, and what can happen to the child

• Have a working understanding of what significant harm is

• Be clear about the responsibility of the local authority to work in partnership with parents

• Have an insight into the child protection conference process and the roles of all participants

• Have considered the framework for professional parental advocacy, including confidentiality policy, independence, specialist knowledge and non-confrontational style.

Who should attend: anyone working in the voluntary sector who is or may advocate for parents at child protection conferences and reviews.


Telephone Advice Line

If you are a parent, family member or friend of a child who has social workers involved in your child’s life, or if you need extra support from Children’s Services, call our free and confidential helpline 0808 801 0366 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm).






Discussion Boards

For advice from our advisers, or to get online support from other people in a similar position to you, visit the parents or family and friends carers forums. To explore new research and to discuss ideas with practitioners and families, visit the FGC Network forum.




We have answered the most commonly asked questions put to FRG advisers. Please follow the links to see a list of questions and answers, grouped together by subject.



Advice Sheets

For more detailed information, please see our range of advice sheets on family support, child protection, looked after children, family and friends care, adoption or challenging decisions.




Family Rights Group has produced films for families to help ‘demystify’ the child welfare system. View fictionalised cases which show what happens when a child protection conference is held and similarly when a family group takes place.


Four day virtual family group conference training for new co-ordinators

A virtual course for those with some knowledge of family group conferencing and child care planning processes who wish to increase their understanding and necessary skills to co-ordinate a family group conference. We have various dates in 2021.

Find out more and book your place here

New survey reveals severe strains on kinship carers

A new Covid report from the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care shows that kinship carers are facing severe strains on their capacity to balance health, financial hardship and the wellbeing and educational needs of children who might otherwise be in the care system.

Read the report here

First Thought Not Afterthought: Report of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care

This is the report of the first parliamentary inquiry into kinship care. It sets out the Taskforce’s findings, vision for the future and key recommendations. Read the report and its executive summary, and watch the report launch.

Read the report here

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