Camphill Aberdeen projects featured at international childcare conference

Two Camphill Aberdeen projects are to feature in presentations at an international childcare conference in Glasgow this week (September 4-7).

The 12th international European Scientific Association on Residential Foster Care for Children and Adults (EUSARF) conference brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to look at issues facing vulnerable children and young people and their families.

Nature Nurture

The Nature Nurture project will be the focus of a workshop tomorrow (Wednesday, September 5) led by Terri Harrison, from Camphill School Aberdeen.

She will be telling the international delegates about the success achieved by the Nature Nurture charity in its work with vulnerable children and young people. Nature Nurture is the first programme of its type in the UK, working with disadvantaged children and young people who are experiencing challenges at home, at school and in the community.

Many of the children and young people come from families affected by substance or alcohol misuse. Some come from families affected by domestic violence. Some have been sexually abused and others have experienced neglect. 

After attending Nature Nurture sessions 90% of the children show an increase in resilience and 70% demonstrate improved engagement in education and increased school attendance.

On Thursday (September 6) it is Camphill’s St Andrew’s Project that will be in the spotlight, with a session led by Chris Walter and Manuela Costa from Camphill School Aberdeen.

The St Andrews Project provides support for children and young people, who have special needs, and their families. The project is registered to provide support in the home, at school, therapeutic services, respite services and emergency care.

The EUSARF Conference is taking place at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow until September 7.

Camphill Aberdeen City & Shire represents seven Camphill charities in the Aberdeen area. Around 700 people live and work in these communities and, internationally, there are some 100 Camphill centres in 23 countries. Camphill was founded at Camphill House, in the Milltimber area of Aberdeen, in 1940.
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