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People with passion: Getting the right people around the table


by Helen Chambers, Principal Officer for Well-being at National Children's Bureau

In December 2007, the Arts Council England and Creative Partnerships funded an investigation to identify:

• how creativity can be embedded in the lives of the approximately 61,000
children and young people looked after in the care of local authorities
• the role of creativity in the lives of looked after children
• how this work relates to the ideas of social pedagogy as described by the Thomas Coram Research Unit at Institute of Education, London University.

This project with six local authorities and three high quality arts agencies was carried out by NCB between December 2007 and April 2008. This report summarises the project findings.

Richer lives: creative activities in the education and practice of Danish Pedagogues


by Helen Chambers, and Prof Pat Pertrie

The report describes a study visit to Denmark, undertaken in May 2008. It will examine the role of creative activities in the training and practice of social pedagogues. Throughout the report, we use the term “creative activities” to refer mainly to the visual and performing arts, while acknowledging that it has a wider application.

A learning framework for artist pedagogues

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by Helen Chambers, and Prof Pat Pertrie

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) project manager Helen Chambers and Professor Pat Petrie Director of the Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy at the Institute of Education have developed a draft learning framework, for artists who work with looked after children, based on learning with three high quality arts organisations. We offer this as a working document for consideration and consultation by commissioners and colleagues nationally.

Fostering a creative relationship

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by Helen Chambers, and Prof Pat Pertrie

Play and creative activities can help foster carers build warm and caring relationships with looked after children and young people. Looking after other people’s children can sound ordinary but foster carers need to be very creative to engage with and build relationships with looked after children and young people.