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University of Cumbria & Brathay Trust

Work with children, young people, families and communities is as important as ever. Yet resources seem to be stretched tighter than ever, and the range of issues people face ever more complex.

 With restricted time and resources it can be easy for sectors to work in silos as there is limited time to conduct core business, let alone work with others.

 The child, young person, family and community practice development group is an open and inclusive group who strive to achieve the opposite. By working together we believe that we can achieve more than we can alone. By bringing together young people, students, practitioners, leaders and managers, academics and researchers, we can develop and exchange knowledge that will enhance what we do.

 We are interested in collective impact. This means that we are deeply curious about how to do more good stuff to achieve positive change for children, young people, families and communities. No single agency will have the answers to this, it is a shared endeavour. To understand impact we need to ask ourselves searching questions and share successes and failures in; understanding the nature of contemporary issues, understanding how practices support people, developing research and evidence of outcomes. These will be the focus of the work in the child, young person, family and community development group.

The University of Cumbria’s Youth and Community Work and Working with Children and Families Degree programme teams have joined with the Centre for Youth Impact’s Regional Impact Hub’s - Brathay Trust. Jointly Brathay and the University of Cumbria have founded this group in order to understand and develop good practice.

We would like to invite you become partners of the practice development group, attending, contributing to and hosting events.