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.

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  • Collaboration, creativity and complexities: Conference blog

    Though the potential of employing co-productive techniques with children and young people is increasingly recognised in research and practice, conferences focusing on academic and practice innovation in…

  • #MessagestoSocialWorkers – A film created by care-experienced young people

    We worked with a group of young people in care to create a film highlighting key messages that young people want to share with social workers…

  • Meaningful participation of children and young people in decisions about their care

    This webinar set out the following objectives: to consider what we mean by children’s participation; to feedback from research with children and professionals…

  • Barnardo’s ‘Reflect’

    It is estimated that 1 in 4 women involved in care proceedings will become ‘repeat clients’ of the family court within 7 years (Broadhurst et al. 2017). Reflect is a service that aims to provide practical…

  • Working more ethically with children and young people

    The thorny issue of ‘informed consent’ can present challenges to those of us researching with children and young people. This holds particularly true in…

  • Cyberbullying

    Cyberbullying is defined as “any behaviour performed through electronic or digital media by individuals or groups that…

  • Early infant feeding

    Pregnancy and motherhood are increasingly subjected to surveillance and research has highlighted that public breastfeeding is difficult to navigate. At the same time…

  • Welcome to Exchange: Family and Community

    How did it begin and how can you help? The Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) worked with the Welsh Government in developing an online community of practice resource to improve the educational experiences of children and young people who are looked after in Wales – ExChange: Care and Education. The resource provides practitioners, foster… Read More

  • Thousands more care workers needed in Wales by 2030

    Wales will need thousands more people to work in caring roles with adults and children by 2030 if it is to keep pace with the growing demand for care services and provide support for communities across the country…

  • The Goodbody family: The challenge of childcare

    We started thinking about childcare as soon as Lily was born. With both of us planning on going back to work, myself after nine months and Mark after two weeks, and our parents not living close by…