CPFT gets involved in "Our House" video production

Researchers, film and sound artists, social care professionals and young people come together to produce film about children in care.

CPFT gets involved in "Our House" video production
05 November 2014

Researchers, film and sound artists, social care professionals and young people in care in Cambridgeshire have come together again to produce a film about children in residential care.

"Our House" is the third in a trilogy of films made by a group. You can view the video here. Our House is funded by the NIHR CLAHRC (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) East of England (which CPFT hosts) with a donation from the Isaac Newton University Lodge, Cambridge. 

The last 40 or so years has seen a shift away from residential children’s homes to foster care as the placement of choice for children and young people in care. The decline of residential care is the result of changes in policy and widespread negative perceptions as well as cost and quality. Over recent years revelations about physical and sexual abuse have contributed to the overall decline of residential homes. Increasingly, foster care is considered the most effective and cost-effective way to meet a child’s needs through the nurturing experience of family living. Foster care currently accounts for around 75% of all placements in the UK; residential care for around 9%, including secure units and hostels, although around 15% of young people in care will have lived in a residential placement at some point. Residential homes are increasingly used to place older children and those with the most serious problems, often manifest through severely challenging behaviour.

In 2012 the first project was a film about coming into the care system. The idea was to make a film as a resource for a new training programme in development for foster carers. The result was ‘My Name is Joe’. Ten young people were involved in this project.

In 2013 the second project, at the suggestion of the young people themselves, was on leaving care. The result was ‘Finding My Way’.


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