Gwella Digital Conference 2020

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The Gwella project and approach formed part of ‘Gwella’ – a four-year, Welsh Government funded, innovative research and practice project, operated in partnership between Barnardo’s Cymru and Cardiff University.


The overarching aim of ‘Gwella’ was to reduce the risk of vulnerable children and young people experiencing Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) or demonstrating Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB), through the development of a prevention model for use in social care, in order to improve the wellbeing of children and young people and respond to the Social Services and Wellbeing Act (2014) requirements. The interrelated project outcomes for Gwella were to build capacity in/provide an evidenced practice model for a multi-agency workforce working with children, young people and families so that they:

  • are equipped to identify and respond to childhood trauma and abuse at the earliest opportunity to reduce risks of CSE or HSB later in childhood or adolescence

  • can identify when referral to more specialist services is or is not appropriate.

The evaluation began at the beginning of the pilot through to the project end. It took the form of a qualitative organisational ‘process’ evaluation and an ‘outcome’ evaluation, with a strong focus on documenting the experiences of all those involved with the project, including the Gwella team, parents and carers, children, consultant specialists, and external professionals from social care and education. The research design utilised play-based creative methods to facilitate the involvement of children.

This event will be an opportunity to showcase the results of this work and also to explore the challenges and the benefits of trauma informed practice for practitioners, managers and senior leaders alike. 

When:Thursday 15th October 2020

Where: Barnardo's Cymru Hub Online

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

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