In Frontline’s podcast, Stories of Change, you’ll hear from amazing people and organisations who are bringing about social change for disadvantaged children and families. You’ll hear in their own words how they are making a difference and how you can apply the lessons they’ve learned to social work.
Change starts with a conversation.
Walking in the shoes of children in and on the edge of care, with Martin Kelly OBE
From children’s residential care home key worker to Assistant Director for Children and Families at North Yorkshire County Council, Martin Kelly OBE has a wealth of experience working in the social work sector. In 2015, he led the design and development of the ‘No Wrong Door’ model – a pioneering way of providing support to young people who are within or on the edge of the care system. Martin says, “I became particularly interested in the whole system thinking, and what more could be done for children to avoid care, and to deal with the consequences of care.”
In this final episode for series 3, Martin shares how No Wrong Door has addressed some of the challenges the care system faces, and talks about the successes the approach has had to date for children and young people. Finally, he shares his advice for those of you who would like to set up your own initiative but don’t know where to start.
“I’m Beth Vecchione, Frontline fellow, social worker, and podcast host for series two of Frontline’s Stories of Change. To share a bit more about me, I grew up in Oxford. When I was born, my dad wanted to call me ‘Betty’, which he still does to this day! From an early age, I’ve loved to dance. Staying active helped me to keep out of trouble and focussed as a teenager. In 2019, I set up ‘Care to Dance’ – a social enterprise that uses dance to improve the wellbeing and confidence of children in care. I believe it’s so important for young people to have a safe and caring space to go and express themselves. As podcast host, I’ve enjoyed hearing from others who are making a difference. I also like to talk…a lot…to the extent that the young people I work with through Care to Dance have given me the nickname ‘Stacey Solomon’!”
Learning from Lockdown
In this special series, you’ll hear from inspiring people and organisations who adapted to the coronavirus pandemic and what you can learn from their experiences.