Robert Clifford will be travelling to Romania, the Netherlands and the United States to uncover progressive uses of technology in the support and care of young people experiencing adoption.
Technology offers improvements in efficiency, access and stimulation across almost all areas of life. There is an opportunity to apply these benefits to a system under strain. In 2014 there were 68,840 children in the public care system in England. Almost over 13,000 of these were unable to be placed into formal foster care or long term adoption. This unsettlement has a direct impact on the cognitive development and future prospects.
He will partner with leading UK organisations - the British Association for Adoption and Fostering and the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies - to create a report. This report will form the basis of a campaign to improve the current system and offer better support for children in care.
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