Stigma in Childhood: The Fostering Network’s Young Champions

The past two Stigma in Childhood project seminars have emphasised the importance of the experience and contribution of the children and young people who remain at the heart of the project.  In particular, at the most recent event, Professor Pranee Liamputtong argued that research should be conducted with, as opposed to on, children and young people.

With this in mind, the Fostering Network have been generous enough to allow us to share a video made by their Young Champions.  They made this film because we wanted to highlight the challenges children and young people can face in everyday life when placed into care, which is no fault of their own.  This film represents the experiences of nine people rolled into one.

They chose the medium of film because they personally don’t usually pick up leaflets when out and about but, like many, if something of interest is on Social Media they are more inclined to click on it and share it with friends.

They commented, “This film is for everyone, for those in care themselves and carers, teachers, social workers and for classmates of anyone who is in care.  We hope people discuss the positive impact a foster placement can have on the life of a child/young person and how when given the chance, any child can achieve their positive potential.”

Should you wish to discuss the film, or any issues it raised, you can contact the Young Champions at The Fostering Network Scotland by phone on 0141 2041400 or via email

The final project seminar of the Stigma in Childhood programme will take place on 30th to the 31st August 2017.  Registration for this event is free and now open here.

Author: scotinsight

The Scottish Universities Insight Institute supports programmes of knowledge exchange which address and provide insight on substantial issues that face Scotland and the wider world. Our programmes break down disciplinary and organisational barriers in bringing together academics from different backgrounds, policymakers and practitioners to mobilise existing knowledge in fresh ways through sustained and collaborative focus on a shared issue. Our member universities are: Aberdeen, Dundee, Heriot Watt, St Andrews, Strathclyde, and Glasgow School of Art.

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