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Our blog posts provide updates on project news and highlights recently added materials. User contributions to the blog are welcomed and encouraged. If you would like to contribute a post detailing your own experiences or views, please get in touch at

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February 18, 2020

All foster carers receive a weekly fostering allowance from their fostering service when they have a child in placement, which is designed to cover the cost of caring for a fostered child. This includes food, clothes, toiletries, travel and all other expenses incurred and varies depending on the age of the child. Some foster carers also get a fee for their time, skills and experience. This report focuses purely on the allowances given to the foster carer to cover the costs of looking after a fostered child. 

The Welsh Government publishes nation...

January 27, 2020

This blog was originally published at Vulnerability 360 and Leicester Cares

Leicestershire Cares is a local charity and membership organisation that seeks to connect business with the local community, so nobody is left behind. I have been working for Cares for three years and many of our “simple” truths are ever more relevant to the divided world we increasingly find ourselves in.

At the heart of what we do is a belief that community is important, and wealth can be measured by more than just balance sheets and profits. It is in everyone’s inte...

January 27, 2020

Mention Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (APVA) to professionals who work with families and/or young people and the response is often that they are aware of families where this is an on-going concern.

APVA has been described as: “The most hidden, misunderstood and stigmatised form of family violence.”[1]

What we see and hear is often just the tip of the iceberg, particularly as prevalence of APVA is difficult to quantify. Data suggests an estimated prevalence of between 3% and 10% of families experience serious APVA[2] and that the age of...

January 8, 2020

Confident Futures is the First Campus outreach programme for care experienced young people age 14-16. In recent years the programme has been focussed on a two-day summer residential at Cardiff University. During the residentials the young people experience educational and fun social activities at the university, and a taste of independent living in student flats with our student ambassadors.

The participants tell us they love student life – shopping, budgeting and cooking together – meeting new people – trying out different activities – and bein...

December 5, 2019

What can we learn from research about the pathways between care and custody for girls and women? Our team considered this question in a recent review of the literature to inform our ‘Disrupting the Routes between Care and Custody’ project. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, our project is led by Lancaster University in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Bristol.

There is nothing inevitable about care-experienced girls and women coming into contact with the criminal justice system. We know many children in c...

December 5, 2019

Screen-based devices (smartphones, tablets, computers) are now an ever-present part of our lives. Young people in particular use them for many daily activities, including school work, socialising, music, shopping…

Alongside this surge in screen use, mental health statistics suggest that increasing numbers of young people are suffering from mental ill health, particularly anxiety and depressive disorders (1). This recent survey estimated that, in England in 2017, 10% of girls and 6% of boys aged 5 to 19 years had an emotional disorder like anxiet...

November 22, 2019

The good news is that smoking among children in the UK is declining, but the bad news is that lots of children do still smoke, and this means they are at increased risks for lots of serious diseases. Childhood and adolescence is an important time for lots of reasons and one of those is that we know that this is when the majority of people take up smoking. Few studies have used national data to assess what are the factors associated with children and adolescents taking up smoking, which is important to know so that we can work to reduce this.

We...

November 8, 2019

A collaboration between Welsh Government, Local Government, Third Sector Support Wales and the NHS in Wales is bringing information together from Dewis Cymru, Infoengine and the NHS Direct Wales resource directories to create a single, offline App for frontline professionals across Wales.

The new App – ‘Health and Well-being Wales’ is available to registered users with ‘whitelisted’ e-mail addresses and provides access to service details and contact information for over 10,500 local and national organisations, community groups and services.

No in...

October 28, 2019

Are you a teacher, youth worker or academic who has been inspired by the story of AGENDA: A young people’s guide to making positive relationships matter and put it to work in your setting? If so, we would love to hear from you. Professor Emma Renold and colleagues behind the AGENDA resource are currently seeking participants for a research project assessing its reach and impact.

Co-created with young people for young people, AGENDA started out as a bi-lingual, 75-page activist resource to address gender-based and sexual violence. Since 2016 AGEN...

October 24, 2019

People most likely to be affected by research are often those least likely to participate in research, and inappropriate research methods can be an additional barrier to effective and meaningful participation (Cargo & Mercer, 2008). Moreover, there are many research questions that require innovative approaches to evoke real and meaningful responses and emphatic understanding of the ways in which other people experience their worlds. For example, creative approaches may help us better understand how people experience the health service and can h...

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