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.

  • Take part in sibling kinship care research

    Your opportunity to tell your story about your experience of bringing up your younger brother or sister. Most people know that families are not always two parents bringing up their children, and that, for lots of reasons, sometimes children are brought up by someone who isn’t their mother or father…

  • Look Say Sing Play

    First-time mums have been sharing their experiences of parenthood during the pandemic as part of a newbrain-building campaign called Look Say Sing Play being launched in Cardiff and The Vale of Glamorgan to help parents support their baby’s development…

  • How gender stereotyping is failing boys at risk of child sexual exploitation

    Lauren Hill and Clive Diaz from Cardiff University have carried out research into how gender stereotypes may impact on the support offered to young people who are at risk of child sexual exploitation. This blog provides a short summary of their findings…

  • Help us make a difference to Youth Work in Wales

    Youth Cymru is at the start of a new journey and much has changed over the last few months. Our primary aim is to benefit the lives of young people and we want to take action now to ensure the best outcomes for young people in Wales…

  • Co-SPACE study report findings: Changes in children’s mental health symptoms

    The latest report of the Co-SPACE study shows changes in children and young people’s mental health among the study sample up to and including January 2021. In the report, the focus is on the following mental health outcomes as measured by…

  • Walking Tall: Empowering children to share their views and be heard

    Walking Tall is a three-year project from the Fostering Network in Wales that began in 2020…

  • Thrive Magazine focuses on ‘healthy relationships’

    Last November, The Fostering Network in Wales, Young People’s Care Forum worked with Brook Charity to discuss and explore the importance of young people in foster care having healthy relationships with everyone around them…

  • Parent Talk Cymru

    This service provides support for parents in Wales and offers parenting articles and an opportunity to speak to the service via live chat in English or Welsh…

  • Care experience & culture: a digital archive

    This new digital archive will be a one-stop accessible site with information about care-experienced characters in fiction and on-screen, as well as care-experienced writers, artists and actors…

  • Taking Hold of Our Heritage: the digital book

    This book project gave the narrative power back to care experienced young people so they can tell the stories they want heard about their lives. Care experienced young people are often required to talk about their traumatic past to professionals, support services…