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The impact, value and outcomes of creative workshops (Express Yourself) for adopted children and young people aged 7-13 years

Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC), corp creator. (2010) The impact, value and outcomes of creative workshops (Express Yourself) for adopted children and young people aged 7-13 years.

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Abstract

Coram Adoption East Midlands began running groups for adopted children and young people in 1999. In 2009 we developed a series of creative workshops to explore ways of enabling adopted children and young people aged 7-13 years to express their views and feelings in a group setting. This was our first significant creative/ participatory project with this age group. A group of five adopted young people worked with the research and development worker to evaluate how effective the workshops had been in enabling adopted children and young people to express their feelings, the impact it has on their self confidence and self esteem as well as exploring the issues they had raised. Data was collected using mixed methods including focus groups, observations, questionnaires and creative child centred techniques. The data was analysed and compared and themes emerged about process and outcome of the workshops. We found the workshops were effective in enabling adopted children and young people to raise adoption related feelings and issues, loss and difference were strong themes. Evaluation of the process pointed to the impact which gender, group size, age range and setting could have on the effectiveness of the workshops for individuals taking part and the importance of offering choice. The art workshop was particularly effective in creating a transitional space for children to share and process their feelings and enabled workers and volunteers to quickly access the feelings of children who were new to the group. There proved to be value in offering activities which tapped into feelings consciously and subconsciously. The drama workshop successfully engaged this wide age range and both boys and girls and developed their ability to express their views in an assertive way.

Item Type: Document from Web
Publisher: Children’s Workforce Development Council
Additional Information: http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/assets/0001/0329/Microsoft_Word_-_PLR0910084Wallis.pdf
Depositing User: Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 27 May 2011 08:57
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2012 18:22
URI: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/2762
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