Using design futures, scenario writing, visioning, workshop design
Evisioning the future of kinship care
An estimated 200,000 children are growing up in kinship care in the UK. Support for kinship carers and their children varies across the country, however many carers find that the help on offer isn’t enough and they often find themselves practically, financially and/ or emotionally struggling.
In light of this Grandparents Plus, a major UK kinship care charity, decided to hold an event to move the current conversation around kinship care forwards. They wanted attendees to think beyond existing systems and structures (such as adoption or fostering) and create a future model specifically designed for kinship care.
Combining creative tools, kinship care research and expert insight in the room, the workshop supported participants to work through a design-led process to co-create ideas and solutions to current and future kinship care challenges. The workshop process took participants through 3 stages which included:
1) Empathising: Bringing kinship care families, their situations, needs and challenges to life with participants
2) Prioritising: Identifying and prioritising the key challenges and opportunities facing kinship care families
3) Ideation & Synthesis: Developing new ideas and solutions to some of these challenges.
GrandParents Plus will be using the event outputs to guide how to spend their time and resources over the coming years. As no formal model for kinship care currently exists, the seven model principles and fourteen ideas created by participants will be used as a starting point for developing a future, national kinship care model.