Young people’s views on coming into care

Valerie Dunn is a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge and Peterborough CLAHRC (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care). 

PPI (Patient and Public Involvement) is core to our work at the CLAHRC. We aim to bring together researchers and service providers to carry out high quality health research. As part of our work, which focuses on mental health and well-being of young people in care, we are devising and piloting a new training course for foster carers. We wanted the course to grab carers’ attention right from the start with a message from young people about what it’s really like to be taken into foster care. We thought a film might fulfil this role and would be a lasting resource which would speak to many different kinds of people..

My Name is Joe is a powerful animated short film made by 11 young people in care in Cambridgeshire working with an animator, composer, restorative justice officer, support worker, researcher, camera-man and a couple of volunteers through a 4-day animation summer school in Cambridge. The young people were tentative at first, but as the 4 days progressed, the ideas flowed and confidence grew. The film is very much the work of the young people and the adults simply helped the ideas come to life. It was a privilege to work with the group and I think they, and we, learned a great deal. At the ‘premiere’ at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, the young people confidently hosted a Q & A session taking questions from social care professionals, academics and managers.

Below are links to the film and also to a Behind the Scenes short film which gives more detail about the project. We are currently working on a follow-up film about leaving care. Contact Valerie for more; Tel 01223 746053


Our question to you is:
What is your experience of creative activities that contribute to the well-being and confidence of young people in care?
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