Dr Cat Hugman and Rosie Canning, members of the core group who organised the Care-Experienced Conference, will discuss how they are achieving recognition for people with care experience.

Rosie Canning is a Research Assistant in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. She is working on Conversations for care a knowledge exchange project co-created with Aoife O’Higgins. Their aim is to engage people in the care community including care experienced people, foster and kinship carers, social workers, virtual schools, residential care workers, researchers and others, and stimulate discussions about care and how young people’s experiences of care can be improved. They do this mainly through monthly Twitter chats and outreach activities at the University of Oxford.
Rosie is also a Doctoral Researcher at University of Southampton under the supervision of Ms Rebecca Smith. The focus of her research is the representations of orphans and care leavers in fiction. She is examining the research through the lens of both creative and critical practice. The creative piece will explore her experiences of leaving care as well as considering the positive aspect that reading fiction has had on her life.  Rosie curated the art exhibition at the Care Experience Conference in April, 2019.

By drawing on Honneth’s tripartite theory of recognition to understand the personal experiences of injustice, through moral and identity politics, they will show how collaborating with people with care-experience is crucial in the pursuit of emotional, social and legal recognition across the life course. Frogget’s (2004) exploration of the value of creative expressions is useful to understand the impact that creative representations of experience are needed to address scientism and pursue recognition, we extend this application to the artistic expressions displayed at the care-experienced conference.

The discussion will conclude by reflecting on the importance of grassroots movements for social change and the key messages arising from discussions at the Care-Experienced Conference.

Please join us.  A light sandwich lunch will be provided.