Family & Community is an online “Community of Practice” resource hub that aims to provide resources that can help to support families and communities. ExChange: Family & Community was commissioned by the Welsh Government and developed in conjunction with an advisory group from Families First and Flying Start teams. These articles provide regular insight into our Community of Practice by providing updates on project news and highlighting recently added materials. 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.
The value of LEGO as a Visual Method for Understanding Experiences of Wellbeing in Schools
Wellbeing is a complex experience to measure, define, observe and communicate. My research used LEGO as a research method to explore Wellbeing Wednesday afternoons, an initiative to fulfil the Health and Wellbeing aim for the Draft Curriculum For Wales 2022 in a South Wales Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Secondary School.
#BuildBackBetter: You know it makes sense, but how do you do it?
Throughout the pandemic, lockdown and now an extended lockdown in our home city. Leicestershire cares staff have been working with a range of community, council, and business colleagues to…
The Brilliant Club: Working with parents & carers to make access to university fair for young people
The Brilliant Club is a UK-wide charity that aims to make access to university fair for all young people. On the 14th and 17th of September we will be hosting a free virtual event to talk with parents and carers about…
Identifying and responding to child neglect in schools: Messages for best practice
With the majority of children returning to schools, referrals to Children’s Services are expected to substantially rise. As recently reported in the Guardian, schools will play ‘a pivotal role in spotting neglect …
How to adapt participatory arts activities in lockdown
The Covid-19 pandemic has posed serious questions to arts and cultural organisations across the country. How do you continue to use the creative arts to empower…
Childhood policy programme synthesis report
The the British Academy’s Childhood policy programme has explored the role of the state in childhood over the past 100 years, across the four nations of the UK, and from the point of view…
COVID realities: Understanding the challenges faced by families
Covid Realities is a new research project based at the universities of York and Birmingham. We are working in partnership with the Child Poverty Action Group to understand the challenges faced by…
Visual telephone timeline interviews: Findings from the STAR Family Study
This qualitative study explores visual timelines and their effectiveness over the telephone and highlights the need for additional visual methods to be explored…
Managing safeguarding risks digitally: NSPCC recommendations
In Children’s Services at NSPCC, we shifted from working face-to-face to providing exclusively virtual service. This raised questions about how children and families were responding to digital services…
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…