Connecting Culture & Care
Explore how co-design approaches to the expressive arts can help care-experienced children access their rights as defined by the UNCRC.
Participation and engagement with the arts promotes equality and contributes to overall wellbeing and developing a sense of agency.
That’s why it’s especially important that care-experienced children, who often face many additional challenges in their lives, are supported to access the arts and creative experiences from the earliest possible age.
In this practical artist-facilitated session, participants from across sectors will explore expressive arts approaches used in Creative Kin, a project led by Starcatchers, Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years Organisation, that provides shared creative experiences for care experienced children and their adults.
Participants will work with some of the multi-sensory, open-ended materials used in the project, gaining a deeper understanding of how co-design approaches to the expressive arts can provide opportunities for children and their adults to feel more connected and more confident about being creative.
The session will include discussion about the barriers care-experienced children face in exercising their right under the UNCRC to participate freely in the arts, a right that is echoed in Scotland’s new Health and Social Care Standards, and how creative approaches like these can help overcome challenges.