Supporting Transitions is a project that uses video storytelling methods and Community Reporting practices to support families with disabled children to enhance personalisation in transition processes. The key idea was to put family voice at the heart of transition, whether than be through using video clips to enhance Education Healthcare plans or using family stories to give insight to different social professionals about what life is like in that family. The project was run in partnership with AQuA and Bridgewater NHS.
The initial pilot of the project involved co-producing with parents of disabled children a training programme that enabled them to learn about how to:
communicate their family's story and their child's needs and uniqueness on video
understand and use responsible storytelling practices
use basic video recording practices on smartphones and tablets
share videos safely and securely online with a range of education, social and healthcare professionals
To do this we used core elements of our Community Reporting for Storytelling and Insight programmes and adapted them for a new context and usage.
Following the programme and using the learning from it, the families involved co-designed online learning tools (interactive presentations, video tutorials and handouts) that would support other families to get involved in the project. The results, impact and learning from this proejct was presented at the ISQua 2017 International Conference as part of a panel of projects supported by the Health Foundation.
We are currently working with our partners and different families to determine how this practice, method of working and the online tools created can be rolled out wider and how the project can be scaled up. This case study video below focuses on how one family has used the project, its tools and learning to enhance support for their daughter, Izzy.