A big thank you to everyone who attended our ExChange: Care and Education launch events this spring. We were delighted to have the opportunity to meet with so many highly engaged practitioners and to experience so much enthusiasm for helping children and young people in care achieve and succeed!
We hope that you have been enjoying this first version of the website - but there is more yet to come! The Welsh version of the site is almost finished and will be launching soon We are still seeking resources to populate the site so if you have anything at all to contribute please do get in touch.
Today we are excited to launch our first resource ‘focus page’ for the Looked-After Children’s Education (LACE) Research Project led by the CASCADE team at Cardiff University. The LACE project marked the dawn of the Welsh Government’s renewed efforts to tackle the inequality of opportunity faced by children who have experience of the care system, and its findings have also inspired this website to facilitate the sharing of knowledge between carers, social care practitioners and education professionals. For these reasons, it is a research project close to our hearts here at ExChange!
The LACE team spoke to nearly 70 children and young people with experience of care with an age range of 5 to 27. They asked them about their positive and negative experiences of education, their education and careers aspirations, and how they could be best supported to achieve their goals. The findings pose a direct challenge to many practices and assumptions in education and care where their negative impact on children and young people’s lives were not understood. They also highlight some examples of excellent practice and provide recommendations based on the participant accounts for policy, practice, parents, and children themselves.
Producing a wide range of accessible outputs was always a core goal of the LACE project and to this end they have collaborated with participants, visual artists, musicians, and film makers to create a diverse portfolio of videos, songs, posters, poetry, animations, magazines, and postcards to help disseminate the crucial messages from the research.
Come and see the resources for yourself, and don’t forget to check out the #messagestoschools that came from the LACE project for more resources to use in schools!