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The Daily Lived Experiences of Foster Care: the Centrality of Food and Touch in Family Life
The chapter draws on an in-depth, small scale study of ten experienced foster care families in Wales who were providing stability for young people.
Identifying and responding to child neglect in schools: key findings and messages for practice
On Tuesday 19 March, Dr Victoria Sharley presented the findings of her PhD at the ExChange Workshop, ‘Child Neglect in Schools.’ She explored the aim of the study, its design and methods, challenges in data collection, findings and key messages for practice. The background and context of the study showed that: 1090 children registered for… Read More
We worked to develop a video from young people for young people. The group we worked with meet weekly and offers care experienced young people the opportunity to visit the university and take part in activities aimed at raising educational aspirations and their awareness of university life. The activities include workshops in science, history and… Read More
Time for Change: Improving care and support for people with learning disabilities
On 12th March 2019, ExChange Wales held its first conference of the year; ‘Time for Change: Improving Care & Support for People with Learning Disabilities’, at Llancaiach Fawr Manor in Caerphilly County Borough.
Meaningful participation of children and young people in decisions about their care
The workshop began by considering what is meant by participation and why it’s important.
Charting the rise of children and young people looked-after in Wales
Children and Young People ‘Looked After’? Education, Intervention and the Everyday Culture of Care in Wales uses publicly available data on children looked-after to consider
Counting fathers in – how can social workers build better relationships with fathers involved in child protection services?
Introduction This workshop was presented by Dr Georgia Philip from the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF), based at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Georgia explained she is a sociologist by training and her research has focused on fathers, fatherhood and father engagement. In particular she has worked on two major research… Read More
Annual Adoption Lecture 2019: Birth family contact after adoption, Learning from the Northern Irish experience
The lecture focused on Dr MacDonalds own research in Northern Ireland…