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Care Experience Young people: Exciting developments in Wales

19 Apr 2022

ExChange: Family and Community is an online “Community of Practice” resource hub that aims to provide resources that can help to support families and communities. They work on the principle that best practice can develop where experience and expertise are shared, and collaboration encouraged. Many of the events and resources they share foreground the lived experience of care-experienced people.

Two areas of particular interest to us at present are;

How was the wellbeing of care-experienced young people in Wales supported in the Coronavirus pandemic?

The Coronavirus pandemic and its associated lockdowns and restrictions prompted a move from these face-to-face interactions to more remote forms of engagement that relied on telephone or online contact. This had consequences for the type and frequency of mental health and wellbeing services and interventions that were available to care-experienced children and young people and their foster and kinship carers

Challenging the stigma, discrimination, and poor outcomes for young parents in and leaving care: #MessagestoCorporateParents

Young parents in and leaving care can often feel unsupported in negotiating the challenges of becoming a parent. Dr Louise Roberts conducted a five-year Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) research study that was funded by Health and Care Research Wales. The idea for the study came from Voices from Care Cymru, and listening to parents’ views and experiences was a key priority of the research