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Ethnicity, Disability and Child Protection Practices in Australia: The Voice of Parents

NEDA will be undertaking some new research into how Australian parents with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities from CaLD/NESB backgrounds and their experience of dealing with child protection services in Australia.

This project is being conducted by NEDA with the assistance of a student from the School of Social Work, University of New England, Armidale NSW.

The purpose of this study is to give voice to parents who are living with a disability or have a child with a disability from a Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) and or from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds (CaLD) who have been impacted by the Australian child protection system.

The aim for the study is to articulate from the viewpoint of the parent or care giver the impact child protection practice has had on their lives.

The aim for the study is not to question the basis of child protection legislation in Australia, but how child protection practice is experienced and viewed by those parents. Looking at issues with regard to engagement of the consumers and the process engagement across cultural and language barriers.

Focus groups will be held for parents and carers with disabilities and those who have a child with a disability and for fathers from both groups. There will also a focus group for advocates. These focus groups will be held in will be held in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth. An online survey available (see link below) for those who may not be able to attend the workshops.

For further information about the study contact Brian Cooper 04 33877228 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance Inc. (NEDA) is the only National peak organisation representing the rights and interests of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CaLD/ NESB) with a disability, their families and carers throughout Australia.

NEDA provides policy advice to the Government and other relevant agencies to secure equitable outcomes for people from CaLD/ NESB backgrounds with a disability, their families and carers