Following last year’s success with RITA, our innovation consortium has recently reformed after receiving funding from the Department for Education to explore digital innovation with young people in care. We are excited to be reunited with The University of Portsmouth, Centre for Creative Technologies; Affective State; and University of Kent, Centre for Child Protection to work together to deliver this innovative project.
Codesigning Care will explore how technology can support young people in care to stay safe; recognise and manage their emotions and behaviour; and communicate more effectively with carers. The project will take a co-design approach and we will work side by side with young people and carers to design a service that works for them.
Snook worked on developing the brand and we started our first round of engagement with young people this week. On Saturday, we held a brilliant workshop with 9 young people in Westminster. Together, we explored how they currently use technology and what their experiences have been to date moving through the care system. The young people were stars; really engaging and providing a great foundation of insights into opportunities for change that we will build on as we move through the Discovery phase of the project.
We will be engaging a range of young people and carers in this process via the use of creative and interactive co-design methods. The project will explore six key themes with a view to understanding what these themes mean to young people in care and how technology can help support them in these areas: communication, companionship, advocacy, coaching, supervision, and capturing (thoughts & emotions).
The initial stage of Codesigning Care will run until March 2016 by which time we aim to have a limited functional prototype of our digital service. During this time, we will be keeping a blog on the Codesigning Care website and sharing our experience on Twitter and via our hashtag #codesigningcare.