Engaged! Public Engagement project shortlisted for national award

University researchers and fostering charity The Adolescent and Children’s Trust (TACT) have been recognised in the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) 2016 Engage awards.

Their ‘Fostering Hope’ project seeks to shift public perceptions about fostering unaccompanied child refugees and also to recruit more people to work for the charity.

The collaboration, which included members from our Department of Social & Policy Sciences, worked closely with a group of fostered refugee children to bring their voice to the fore and help break down the misconceptions that act as barriers to fostering. Providing them with cameras, the researchers tasked the young people with documenting their day-to-day lives.

“As a fostering service we are experiencing significant challenges in finding homes for young unaccompanied asylum seekers. This project was innovative in how it brought together research expertise from Bath to help us bring about change. Early results have been very good and this kind of work shows the importance of this kind of collaboration.”

Elaine Graham, Area Manager at TACT

A new video about the work shows how the project involved focus groups and workshops, giving foster carers and young people a voice and showing fostered refugees first and foremost as children.


“One of the most significant aspects about this work was that it enabled our group of young refugees to be the ones to lead the initiative to change perceptions.”

Lead researcher behind the initiative, Dr Justin Rogers from the Department of Social & Policy Sciences.


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