Browse our collection of recent blog articles and news items, providing a variety of materials for researchers, practitioners, and the public.
Giving adopted children and children previously looked after an equal chance in school
When Adoption UK asked nearly 2,000 adopted young people about their experiences of school in 2018, eight out of ten told us that they feel confused and worried at school…
The Knock on the Door: A Candid Reflection of being a Child in the Care System
The Knock on the Door is a biographic account of my experiences in the care system as a child and young person…
Autumn conference announcement
We are very excited to introduce our autumn conference “All you need is love? Reflecting on relationships in the care system.”
EPIC/Tusla Fora for Children in Care – 2015 – 2018
EPIC Empowering People in Care is a national voluntary organisation that works with and for children and young people who are currently living in care or those who have care experience.
“We talk issues and have ‘bants'” : What do children and young people think about their social worker?
Our recent paper (Stabler, Wilkins and Carro, 2019) uses a novel method (Q-method) to explore what children and young people ‘in need’, ‘in care’ and ‘leaving care’ think about their social workers and personal advisors – and what the worker does when they spend time together….
‘Are we ready’ Conference with Voices From Care Cymru, 4th September
Are you ready for the ‘Are We Ready’ conference on 4th September? Join Voices From Care Cymru in Llandrindod Wells. Contact Jane@vfcc.org.uk or call 029 20451431 to register by 12th August. Please spread the word! Click here for more information.
How can we improve the experiences of young homeless people living in supported accommodation?
On 21st June 2019 (Cardiff) and 26th June (Bangor) ExChange welcomed Natalie Roberts from Bangor University to deliver a workshop on the experiences of young homeless people living in supported accommodation. Findings were presented from a project working with a North Wales based homeless charity, Digartref. Attendees included a wide array of professionals, many of whom… Read More
Practitioner Workshop: Decision-making in child and family social work – can we learn to do it better?
This workshop aimed to provide a brief introduction to what we know about how social workers make decisions, followed by some practical exercises to test out and see what difference they might make. The workshop was led by Dr David Wilkins and Dr Catherine Foster. The workshop began by exploring the importance of the decisions made by social… Read More
Free workshops for young people with the experience of care, 5-9 August
Calling care-experienced young people age 11-18: Want to learn new skills, build confidence and make new friends? Come along to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff from 5-9 August to take park in free workshops. How to get more information and to book: Visit: bit.ly/SummerSch Email: email@example.comPhone: 029 2039 1430
Collaboration, Creativity and Complexities: Conference Blog
Collaboration, Creativity and Complexities: Developing networks and practices of co-production with children and young people. The Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University. June 2019. 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 this specific… Read More