March 2017



Contributions included:

Youth Homelessness

Johanna Morrell

An exploration of how and why it happens, how statutory services respond and what we can do to improve the experiences of young people who find themselves adrift. Johanna will draw from her experience of supporting homeless young people in Bristol in order to reflect on the severely negative impact of homelessness and society’s response to it, illustrated by observations from the young people themselves.

Johanna left her job as a teacher in mainstream education in 1997 in order to work with young people facing multiple disadvantages.  Since that time she has developed and led multi-disciplinary teams in Bristol that support some of the city’s most vulnerable young people, looking for innovative ways to reach those most resistant to being helped.


Growing up Mixed Race in the UK

Stephanie Guy

The presentation will discuss the concept of mixed race and examine its meaning and relevance for children in the UK today. As the fastest growing ethnic minority group, the mixed race population has a young age-profile and challenges much of what we understand about the ethnic and racial makeup of the UK. The evidence on key outcomes for mixed race children will be reviewed to help frame the issues that policy makers and service providers must consider to provide for this increasingly large group of children.

Stephanie’s academic interest is social policy, with a focus on race, ethnicity and gender. She previously held advisory roles in Australian state and federal governments and is now a researcher at the Dartington Research Unit, sponsored by People in Harmony. She holds a MPhil from Cambridge University and a BA in Australian Indigenous Studies from Melbourne University. She hopes to continue to work in racial policy both here in the UK and back home in Australia.


The Effects of Perceived Early Childhood Attachment and Care Status on Young People’s Eating Behaviour

Ainé Rose Kelly

The presentation will explore how early childhood attachment and being in care affect young people's eating behaviour and the meanings that young people ascribe to food. Recent work in which young people use visual and creative methods to represent their health experiences will be discussed, looking specifically at how they describe their relationship with food. 

Ainé grew up in care and so is especially interested in promoting the health and wellbeing of looked after children. She is currently a doctoral researcher at the Rees Centre, Oxford University. Her research, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust, is looking at how promoting children’s engagement with health services promotes their good health in the longer-term. She is a member of the advisory council for the association for young people’s health and the patient advisory panel for the BMJ.


Eating Well and Nurturing Others: the role of food in good fostering practice

Andrea Warman

Food practices and food rituals are an important part of everyday family life. There are also good reasons why children in foster and adoptive homes may need help to develop a healthy relationship with food into adulthood. Yet, there has been very little attention given in carer training and development to this important area. Andrea will use her background in social anthropology and her experience with carers across a number of countries to illustrate that much could be learned from best practice. 

Andrea was a children and families social worker before doing a PhD in social anthropology. Her thesis used ethnographic evidence and life stories to explore women’s experiences as mothers and workers in Castro’s Cuba. She was BAAF’s Fostering Development Consultant for over six years and had a special interest in the role food plays in foster care internationally. She is now an independent consultant, chairs fostering panels and, most recently, worked with Liz Lark to introduce and evaluate the impact of yoga and meditation on carers’ wellbeing (see Caring with Vitality, 2016, JKP).


It’s not Technology, it’s the Way that You Use it

David Fry

Brain in Hand is an innovative way to help people with autism or mental health issues self manage their conditions and involves over 1,000 users in social services, support providers, universities and schools. This presentation will describe the technology and explore the pleasures and pitfalls of take up.  Will digital health be a miracle answer for heath and social care or will the ‘same old problems’ stifle the benefits that it could bring about?

David is CEO of Brain in Hand, a digital health company.  He started his career at PwC and was at PA Consulting Group for 10 years, where he was a partner in its Government Business. David has been a director of several healthcare companies, advised on social enterprise and innovation, and is an associate of the Dartington Social Research Unit.   Whilst at Brain in Hand, David has taken the innovation from early concept through rigorous market testing to widespread launch.

Johanna Morrell, Stephanie Guy, Ainé Rose Kelly, Andrea Warman