The Festival of Residential Child Care is a week-long programme of events, celebrating and supporting the work of residential child care across the whole of the UK.
We were delighted to support Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) produce two discussions as part of the week's activities. The discussions involved residential childcare workers and secure care staff discussing research undertaken by CYCJ and the implications for practice.
The routines and rituals that surround food - shopping, preparing, cooking, serving, cleaning up - are important parts of our lives, yet often we fail to recognise their symbolic or hidden meanings.
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.
Dr Ruth Emond and Dr Samantha Punch speak about a research project that they were involved in around food practices in residential children's homes. The significance of food to both children and the adults in the home is discussed. The project involved a research fellow living alongside the children and the staff for just under a year. It also involved individual interviews and focus groups with children and staff.
Laura-Jayne explains to Edwina an innovative care and education planning process for young people.
Filmed at Ballikinrain School, 13 April 2010.
Care leavers may feel isolated well into adulthood and some have difficulty talking about their childhood, even to close friends and family.
To help care leavers overcome these difficulties, the Care Leavers Association has recently invested £3,000 in the relaunch of Care Leavers Reunited.
Research enquiry into the history of social work and social welfare is a vital and ongoing scholarly activity, underpinning our understanding of the past, and illuminating present day practice and policy. 'Memory institutions' like libraries and museums have a key role to play in preserving, and providing researchers with access to, original cultural heritage material