ExChange: Care & Education is an online ‘Community of Practice’ resource hub that aims to provide resources that can help to improve educational experiences and outcomes for children and young people in Wales who are in or are leaving care. These articles provide regular insight into our Community of Practice by providing updates on project news and highlighting recently added materials as well as highlighting resources and further readings. User contributions are welcomed and encouraged. If you would like to contribute an article detailing your own experiences or views, please get in touch with us.
Education during COVID-19: Experiences of the fostering sector
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we have heard how fostering households across the UK quickly adapted to support children in these unprecedented times. Many foster carers assumed additional responsibilities…
What role does agency play in shaping the educational journeys of ‘older’ care-experienced adults?
This blog post outlines key findings from an article Eavan published with her PhD supervisor, Professor Robbie Gilligan, drawing on her PhD research exploring the educational pathways of care-experienced adults in Ireland…
New Survey: Exploring the Reasons Why Care Leavers Choose not to Access Higher Education
Government attitudes towards increasing support for care leavers have been moving in a positive direction during the last decade…
Leicestershire Cares & the BBC raise awareness for lockdown care-experienced young people
Leicestershire Cares’ leaving care team has been working closely with the care-experienced young people we support to help them share their experiences of social distancing and…
Protecting vulnerable children while social distancing
It seems inevitable that demand for statutory child protection services will increase as people are asked to stay inside together…
Engaging young people in linguistic research and documentation
I am a linguist who works on speech production (how people talk) and speech perception (how people listen)…
Overburdened social workers are not talking to children or recognising neglect
According to the children’s charity Action for Children, child neglect is the most common form of maltreatment in the UK, as well as being the most common reason for a child to be made subject to a child protection plan…
Stories of care-experienced young people in lockdown
Hundreds of care leavers across Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland are experiencing increased isolation due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Over the next few weeks we will be…
‘Your online life’ and ‘Keeping yourself safe online’: new issues of Thrive Magazine
We have new special editions of the young people’s magazine, Thrive – ‘Your Online Life’ and ‘Keeping yourself safe online’…
Co-SPACE COVID-19 study
Can you help us learn how families are coping with the challenges of COVID-19?