I am a Consultant Social Worker currently working for Island of Anglesey Council, who undertook a research project as part of my CPEL Framework for Social Workers training with Social Care Wales. My focus was care experienced young people’s experiences of Corporate Parenting.
I did not want my research to sit on a shelf or just tick a box to satisfy the requirements of the CPEL Framework. I used my research findings to craft three fictional stories about experiences of Corporate Parent. I called them Aled, Jane and Toms’ story. Working in partnership with the DEEP programme, I used a Community of Enquiry approach, using my research as a catalyst for learning with a mixed group of participants, including care experience young people, practitioners, managers, researchers and local authority council members.
As a result of this workshop, participants developed a richer and more common understanding and those in a position of power gave pledges to do things differently. I feel it was a genuine example of co-production. At first some of the professionals were worried about how care experience young people might feel threatened by the process, but the Community of Enquiry enabled to contribute fully to the discussion and learning.
If you would like to read, Aled, Jane and Tom’s story, you can find them here. I have also worked with the DEEP programme on developing a ‘Magic Moments in Consultant Social Work’ learning booklet.
Working as part of the Consultant Social Worker Group, we produced the booklet to celebrate and demonstrate the good work we do, help others to understand our role and stimulate learning and development regarding our role in supporting policy, research and practice. You can find a copy of our booklet here.