International Parent Advocacy Network

IPAN aims to increase the power of parents impacted by child protective systems. We support parents and organizations that mobilize against excessive surveillance and family separation through state care and adoption. IPAN works to empower parents around the world, so that their voices are heard and their rights protected.

Toolkit for Transformation

This online resource was created for parent advocates
and their allies  wishing to start a parent-led movement for change. The toolkit provides an accessible resource for parent advocates and their allies to learn from the experiences of other parent advocates and programs, and access resources that other organizations and advocates have created.

International Review of Parent Advocacy in Child Welfare

This new report published by IPAN and the Better Care Network includes the first international survey of parent advocacy programs. It outlines opportunities and challenges; lessons learnt across different settings and contexts, and evidence of the benefits of parent advocacy as a key element in child welfare system transformation.

Latest parent advocacy news

Read the latest news about developments in parent advocacy and child protection systems from around the world.

‘The COVID-19 pandemic has only served to exacerbate these risks, as the pandemic heightens risks of isolation and separation from …
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Once upon a time, rampant disease was a problem that the most privileged could ignore, Covid19 has brought home that …
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Center for the Study of Social Policy 08 Oct 2020 This is a free, pre-conference training for people attending the …
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Michael G. Wessels Abstract Efforts to strengthen national child protection systems have frequently taken a top-down approach of imposing formal, …
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After having 9 children taken into care, Emily, aged only 31 years old, is pregnant with her tenth child and …
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Read our latest updates on coronavirus and child protective systems.

The most up-to-date guidance from the UK government on what to expect from child welfare services. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-childrens-social-care-services/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-authorities-on-childrens-social-care …
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Read the full report on how ‘Administration is weaponizing its public health response to COVID19 to punish and deter people …
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Mary Baginsky & Jill Manthorpe – Child Abuse & Neglect 16 Sep 2020 Abstract Background As a response to COVID-19 …
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Remote court hearings putting vulnerable women in traumatic situations ‘which place them at unjust disadvantage’ This article in the Independent …
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PAR, Parents Advocacy and Rights, has published guidance for parents in Scotland on concerning practices where children’s social work has …
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