Applications are now being accepted for a new programme of Fellowships exploring global approaches to improving the lives and outcomes of children and young people with experience of care. A free webinar on Thursday 29 September will explain more about the Fellowships and also hear from three Churchill Fellows on the impact they have made in this field.
Run by the Churchill Fellowship in a new three-year partnership with the Coram Group and the Hadley Trust, the programme will fund up to ten Fellows each year to spend up to two months discovering new ideas and best practice worldwide to develop innovative solutions for the UK.
The ‘Children and young people with experience of care’ theme will focus on projects that consider how to make life better for children in care, those on the edge of care, adoptees and care-leavers. Applications that aim to increase support for caregivers and for families affected by care concerns are also welcome. Applications are particularly encouraged from people with experience of care themselves, as well as foster carers, kinship carers and adopters, and are also welcome from researchers, educators, social workers and those in the health, charity, justice and education sectors.
Dr Carol Homden, Coram Group CEO, said: “For Coram the opportunity to partner with the Churchill Fellowship in launching and developing the new theme of “Children and young people with experience of care” represents a natural fit. We are very excited by the opportunity the partnership represents to further advance the body of knowledge on a group of children and young people who have all too often being under-represented in the public discourse.”
Julia Weston, Chief Executive of the Churchill Fellowship, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Coram Group and the Hadley Trust to launch a new programme of Churchill Fellowships seeking ideas and solutions from around the world to improve the lives and outcomes of children and young people with experience of care. Every year we are inspired by the passion and determination of Churchill Fellows to make a difference to UK society, supported by the knowledge and ideas acquired through their Fellowship research.”
Churchill Fellowships are open to all adult UK citizens regardless of qualifications, background or age, and the international research can be carried out through travel, online from the UK or a combination of both.
Applications can be made via the Churchill Fellowship website until 5pm on 22 November for projects to begin in August 2023. You can register to attend the webinar on 29th September here. You can read more about the Fellowships programme and find the application form here.