Family Potential – ESRC Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge Exchange seminars hosted by the Family Potential Research Centre

Map to show the spread of participants attending the ESRC Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series hosted by the Family Potential Research Centre 2015-2016.

28/04/2016 – Widening the circle: Re-thinking family support in safeguarding

This seminar explored the relationship of whole-family working and approaches to safeguarding. The day was a mix of theoretical and practice focused discussions and an exciting opportunity to hear innovative local, national and international developments.

15/01/2016 – Models and practices for engaging with families, relational networks and communities

The third in a series of Knowledge Exchange seminars. This seminar focused on exploring approaches that are genuinely democratic in terms of sharing power with (and within) family and social networks. This can involve both a relentless search for the potentials and capabilities within relational networks, and also a recognition that these may also be the site of past (or current) trauma or abuse, or failure to recognize, protect or support individuals within them. The Seminar offered a mix of theoretical and practice focused discussions and featured current developments including: Family Group Conferencing and its application in children’s and adults’ settings; Open Dialogue – a radical relationally focused approach in mental health; Community and asset-based approaches to enabling families in adversity.

23/10/2015 – Family minded policy and practice: thinking differently about families, services and systems

The second in a series of Knowledge Exchange seminars. This seminar focused on how services and systems consider families and work to engage them in different contexts. The seminar further inlcuded discussion of: caring, resilience and wellbeing, community perspectives and restorative practice. Contributions from Paul Nixon (Chief Social Worker, New Zealand); family members from ‘Your Family Your Voice’; Moana Eruera (Maori Advisor, New Zealand Government); and Professor Gale Burford (Emeritus Professor, University of Vermont and leading FGC researcher).

22/06/2015 – What happened to ‘Think Family’? Taking stock of developments in policy and practice

The first in a series of Knowledge Exchange seminars, this seminar focused on sharing experience from practice, what we can learn from this, and what may be interesting areas for further research and development. Contributions from Professor Kate Morris (University of Nottingham), Dr Jerry Tew (University of Birmingham), Professor Andrew Pithouse (Cardiff University), Rachael Wardell (Berkshire County Council), Stephen Goodman (Morning Lane Associates), Deirdre Lewis (BIG Manchester/Improving Futures) and from young carers’ initiatives.