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Young people in care: how lockdown provides a haven of security and belonging

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

Amidst all the gloom and concerns about what effect the emergency lockdown measures associated with COVID-19 are having on children, there is a small group of young people finding positive benefits. Staff at one Scottish provider of residential services for children and young people who have complex needs, say young people are less distressed than before lockdown and many seem happier than they were before the measures were implemented. Daily life is less pressured. Staff are happier too. Lockdown is proving to be a catalyst for changes in line with the principles of Social Pedagogy which promotes the value of meaningful relationships that offer emotional and practical support.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

Consequences for the child welfare system in Catalonia

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

How has confinement by COVID-19 affected the welfare system for children and adolescents? The aim of this article is to reflect on the consequences of the global pandemic on the child welfare system, analysing the main consequences on children, adolescents and educational teams. The context of analysis focuses on the author's experiences in the child welfare system in Catalonia (Spain) during the pandemic, through his work as a social educator and researcher. The purpose of this article resides, therefore, in the reflection and subsequent proposals with the aim of redefining the system and improving the care of supervised children and adolescents.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

Problem posing during the COVID19 pandemic

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

Starting a new residential childcare service can be a daunting task at the best of times and, it could be argued, even more daunting during the wake of a global pandemic. Located in North Ayrshire, Compass Child and Family Services is a small charity providing support to children and families. The charity’s first children’s house, named Taigh Araich (which translated from Gaelic to English means Nurture House), opened its doors to its first child during March 2020. The charity utilises the Social Pedagogy perspective within its philosophy of care and is beginning to connect the perspective to the Scottish context. In this article Joe Gibb, residential service manager at Taigh Araich, provides an overview of some of the learning that has taken place during the past five months. Joe concludes by arguing that social pedagogy and the GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child) national practice model in Scotland, have an excellent fit in which a new residential childcare paradigm could emerge as society begins to make sense of the new normal that awaits its citizens.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

Supporting the emotional wellbeing of adults in child care settings during the COVID-19

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

In order to provide an emotionally responsive environment for young people in care, we must turn our attention to the emotional wellbeing of the adults who look after them. The COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of the emotional wellbeing of caring adults. This includes introducing processes within the workplace that can be adopted to support the development of self-care, such as developing skills in self-awareness, emotional literacy and regulation, enabling adults to be emotionally present and responsive to the needs of young people. This article reflects on the introduction of supervision, reflective practice and consultation within Aberlour Sycamore Services in Scotland, summarising a recent evaluation of these structures.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

Fear, uncertainty and relational care in the face of COVID-19

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

This article was first published in the April 2020 issue of CYC-Online and is republished by the SJRCC and CELCIS by permission of the authors and the publishers of CYC-Online. The COVID-19 pandemic is testing our resilience and our ways of living and being together. Being open about the fear this situation has caused is the first step in sorting out how to handle what is happening to us. Those caring for others have a role in holding their fear. This doesn’t mean denying the threat is real, but means being honest, sensitive, and transparent with ourselves and others. In this challenging time, children in care need more of us than perhaps we think it is possible to give. They don’t need us to panic or give in to our own sense of overwhelm. They need us to show love and be a source of strength.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

Relationships and resilience in the time of the Coronavirus

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

The Why Not? Trust for Care Experienced Young People is a charity set up in 2018, to support long term connections and relationships between young people with care experience and the people who matter to them. As well as individual connections, the Why Not? Trust is supporting young people, including young parents with care experience to develop their own community networks. These networks allow young people to access experiences and events which give opportunities they may not be able to access on their own. Their approach is based on a belief in being defined by relationships. The COVID-19 lockdown presented a challenge to relational engagements which are contingent upon being able to interact. Despite their fears they have managed to cope. The online world provided a way of maintaining contact and providing support with young care experienced adults. The experiences of the past few months helped the Trust better understand the causes of isolation and exclusion, but also to appreciate more than ever the value of human relationships.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

Overcoming the isolating impact of COVID-19

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

The devastating international health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is reported on a daily basis in terms of newly acquired infections and mortality rates. What is less visible are the social and emotional implications of the virus, in particular the impact of requirements to remain socially isolated and in some circumstances to self-isolate or self-quarantine for periods of time. Young people living in residential care are already highly vulnerable having been removed from home and placed in group care. They often lack positive mentors and role models and have few healthy peer relationships. In short, young people who are already socially isolated are potentially further disadvantaged by requirements for them to practise social distancing and self-isolation. This paper examines contemporary literature promoting the participation of young people in programmes and organisations. Whilst ‘participation’ has been a longstanding international requirement for young people in the out of home care system, we argue that it has particular relevance in these times and may offer an opportunity for young people’s lived experience to be recognised and valued.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

Delving deeper to come back stronger

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

For all pupils, the COVID-19 lockdown has meant a dramatic loss of routine and structure. But for young people in the care system, schools closing often meant the disappearance of their only safe haven and community hub. Over spring 2020, we surveyed more than 1000 young people in or on the edge of the care system to understand their experience of lockdown. This article will expand on our first report, examining through segmentation the impact of age, gender and care status, and explore why even before lockdown care-experienced young people have lower levels of achievement compared to their peers. We will then focus on solutions, outline the steps MCR Pathways is taking and how we can reorient our communities and institutions to make sure all young people are defined by their talent, and never their circumstances. The article concludes with a vision for the future: a cultural shift which sees our economic recovery fused with social benefits and support for our most disadvantaged; a way forward where everyone benefits and has a role to play in ensuring an equality of opportunities and share in success.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

Valuing those who care for others – the ‘SafeSpace’ Project at Kibble

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

Maintaining and enhancing staff wellbeing is increasingly recognised as an essential aspect of effective residential child care. Children and young people receive the best care from adults who themselves are well supported. This article provides an overview of the ‘SafeSpace’ project at Kibble, which offers individual sessions to care staff to allow opportunities for reflection and emotional support within their role. Lessons learned from the project thus far, and questions for wider consideration across the sector are also discussed.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

COVID-19, the journey from crisis to opportunity: experiences of young people in residential child care and their carers

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

COVID-19 arrived as a crisis. Its impact has been felt across the Globe and will continue to be for many years to come. Financially, emotionally, practically and psychologically – it has changed many views and forced us to think and behave differently in our everyday life. A massive challenged faced residential child care when lockdown was announced. Fear swept through the house, as the reality of our young people experiencing another challenge gripped us. At Nether Johnstone House, we have an ethos built around opportunity, experiences, relationships and most importantly love. In this article, our young people and team share some of our reflections and learnings of lockdown. Time has never seemed more important or significant than it has throughout 2020 and we have grown to appreciate this in its simplest form.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020