looked after children
Food for Thought is an ESRC-funded project led by Ruth Emond, Samantha Punch and Ian McIntosh of the University of Stirling. A website of resources has been launched today as part of the project, which includes food-based training, assessment and intervention tools for carers of looked after young people.
The evidence This IRISS Insight reviews the evidence about how food practices affect children in different care settings, drawing heavily from the experience of children in foster and residential care. However, many of the issues explored here have similarities to the experience of adults supported by social services and carers, so the Insight may also be of interest beyond those working with children.
Learning with Care, published by by HM Inspectors of Schools and the Social Work Service Inspectorate in 2001, highlighted the importance of improving the learning and development opportunities for those working with looked after children and care leavers. The Learning with Care training materials were developed and launched in 2003.
With the support of Gavin Sinclair, Creative Arts Development Officer and Scottish screen actor, Daniel Portman, two young people from Kibble have written a ten minute play called ‘Please Listen’, which explores the highs and lows of a life in care. The play explores issues such as being moved from home to home and having little control over your own life, but ultimately focuses on the strengths of young people and their ability to trust, care, develop their talents and reach their potential if given the chance.
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), with the support of Voice, the Who Cares Trust and the Fostering Network, has produced a website that informs looked-after children and young people on what care, supports and choices are available to them. Info 4 Care Kids has been developed in partnership with children and young people, so the voices of these individuals underpin the shape and content of the resource.
Edwina Grant, an independent psychologist and Chair of Scottish Attachment in Action, introduces a meeting of SAIA on 16 March 2012 with a discussion of the importance of physical and emotional safety and 'the dance of attunement'.
Mary McKenna (independent social work consultant) examines key aspects of managing contact, looking after a child's needs, the purpose of contact, assessing key relationships and the legal context.
Gillian Henderson and Malcolm Schaffer from the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) talk about recent research into the care and permanence planning for looked after children in Scotland. Working to fill a gap in evidence and to inform changes in policy and law through the Scottish Government's Looked After Children Strategic Implementation Group, the SCRA research team analysed the content of both SCRA and court records to map decision-making, placements and time taken to permanence for 100 children.
Zachari Duncalf, Research Fellow at CELCIS, speaks about a pilot project – Taking Place Seriously - that was undertaken to understand how young people feel about living in a children's home and what the young people liked or disliked about their surroundings. This recording sits within the parameters of child care as part of the collection.