Past Knowledge Transfer Events
The Centre secured funding from the University to improve its work with the local area of Sheffield and South Yorkshire. As a result a programme of work aimed to create a closer working relationship with the local area is listed below.
Knowledge Transfer Seminar Series
A series of Knowledge Transfer seminars was organised by the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth, The University of Sheffield.
The seminars brought people together in sharing and developing innovative practices that could link to a wider picture; we wanted to identify common interests from the practice and academic worlds in our work and to prioritise future collaborations.
Expert Knowledge Exchange
On 31st of March 2009, Colleen Eccles from the Department of Sociological Studies and Helen Woolley, Landscape Architecture held an expert knowledge exchange at ICOSS as the first stage of their joint Change Project: The State of Play. This project is a three year project funded by the Dartington Hall Trust which will bring housing and children's services professionals together to develop evidence-informed approaches to outdoor play space provision. The day was very well attended with voluntary, public and private sector agencies represented who have expertise in play, housing and outdoor space. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centre for Excellence
The University of Sheffield, through the established Research in Practice project in the Department of Sociological studies, has become a key partner in a successful collaboration that is receiving £12 million funding from the Department of Children, Schools, and Families over the next three years. The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services is co-ordinating local, regional and national evidence of what works; to create a comprehensive picture of effective practice.
Through Research in Practice, the University of Sheffield is one of the four core partners in the consortium alongside the National Children's Bureau, National Foundation for Educational Research and the Social Care Institute for Excellence. The Centre is also supported by the Improvement and Development Agency, Family and Parenting Institute, National Youth Agency and Institute of Education.
Parents, Children and Services: Sharing Information Seminar
This was a live system demonstration and informal discussion.
Staff and parents in local early years services (midwifery, health visiting and early years) are working on a new, interactive system for sharing information, with support from North PCT and from the University of Sheffield. This can be accessed on a laptop and it is being piloted at the moment. The aim is to offer a two-way process:
- Easy access for parents to up-to-date information about local services, at every stage from pregnancy onwards
- A user-friendly format for staff in all services to talk over questions with parents and to store and exchange child and family data
- Access to an up-to-date ‘library’ of information for practitioners, linked to universal and specialist pathways and other key information
- A resource for long-term monitoring, research and service district planning, concerning family needs and views
The pilot framework is based on the Every Child Matters ‘5 outcomes’ and links into the Common Assessment Framework. It can also be linked with existing records and formats in NHS and 0 – 19 services settings.