Family & Community is an online “Community of Practice” resource hub that aims to provide resources that can help to support families and communities. 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.
New book on the lived experience of disabled people and how their voices are ignored
You might not agree with all of Don’s observations or those of the other disabled people he interviewed, but the book deserves to be read if only to remind everyone responsible for developing and delivering care, how important it is to systemically embed the voice and lived experience of disabled people into the management and evaluation of the care system.
‘It’s been a massive struggle’: Young people leaving care during COVID-19
Transitions to adulthood take place from different starting points and with differential access to available resources. For some young people this may be a time of choice and freedom, but many young people find that their agency is constrained by precarity in the labour market and shifting discourses of support and independence.
Mind Matters: How tackling loneliness taught us the power of community among care leavers
Poor mental wellbeing is commonly associated with care-experienced young people. Their experiences in lacking positive family or peer groups support can also introduce a sense of loneliness. But positive activities can help to shift the state of mind to a brighter outlook…
The PATCHES Project: Parents’ and their children’s experiences of separation and support
When a family separates, it can be a challenging time for everyone. There are difficult conversations to have and sometimes families need support to help find a way through…
Corporate parenting in a pandemic: Delivery and receipt of support to care leavers in Wales
During COVID-19, care leavers in Wales looked to their corporate parents for support. Accordingly, this mixed method study examined the experiences of care leavers during the pandemic. It included a survey of…
Supporting parents and kids through lockdown experiences: SPARKLE Trial
The SPARKLE (Supporting Parents and Kids through Lockdown Experiences) study team, based at King’s College London and Oxford University, are looking for UK parent/carer participants to test their new specially-designed science-based ‘parent positive’ app…
Co-RAY evidence-based briefings
In collaboration with research and clinical experts, we have produced briefings which provide evidence-informed messages on how to support young people with these four key issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond…
Participants wanted for a study into digital mental health services
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of services that have been previously delivered face-to-face had to move online, one of these being mental health services…
How can we work virtually to support children and their families?
As restrictions are lifted across Wales, it is clear that coronavirus (Covid-19) has transformed the way we do things in so many aspects of life. It is important to reflect on changes in how practitioners have engaged…
What we have learnt from connecting care-experienced young people to business
Leicestershire Cares mission is to broker partnerships and create opportunities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland that enable the business sector to understand community needs, contribute to the growth of inclusive, safe communities and to support…