Parents as partners in place-based initiatives

Parents as partners in place-based initiatives
Friday 27 July, 1115 – 1245

Abstract
Place-based approaches to improving outcomes for children and families experiencing adversity continue to gain traction and resonate with governments, philanthropic organisations, practitioners and communities in Australia. However, we are still at early stages of understanding what works in relation to place and how it works. A critical pillar of the “place” theory of change is the active engagement of parents.
This symposium will explore parent engagement in place initiatives and will open with an outline of why authentic partnerships with parents are critical. Participants will then have the opportunity to hear three Australian examples of how parents have been engaged in the co-design, implementation and governance of place initiatives. These rich case studies will be complemented by the perspective of a parent respondent who will offer her insights and advice based on several years of active engagement in her local community