Reimagining family support post-COVID. Perspectives on trauma and inequality in the 21st century

Wednesday 6 July 2022
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building
Lectures and seminars
General public

This free seminar run by the Lifelong Learning Centre aims to explore this diverse range of family support experience both during the pandemic, and as we move into a period of aftermath.

Location: Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building, Level 12 common room

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly shifted social relations. Substantial changes have taken place between professionals and their relationships with each other. Infection and lockdowns also altered how professionals relate to and support children and families. This free seminar aims to explore this diverse range of family support experience both during the pandemic, and as we move into a period of aftermath.

All viewpoints and experiences are welcome in this inclusive seminar hosted in the salon format. We’ll explore together how trauma and social inequality continue to impact upon individuals, and what we might do to address these.

Some of the themes explored will include:

a) How has COVID-19 affected experiences of trauma for children and families?

b) How has COVID-19 impacted upon children and families in unequal ways?

c) What was needed in supporting families through COVID-19?

d) What types of innovative practice developed as a response to COVID-19?

Chaired by Nathan Loynes, Programme Manager Child and Family Studies.

The panel includes tutors from the Child and Family Studies programme and the following external guests:

  • Laura Pierrepont – Laura is a part-time Child and Family Studies student about to progress into her fifth and final year of her BA Honours studies. Laura is currently employed by the Womens’ Counselling and Therapy Service as a perinatal caseworker. Her role helps mothers to overcome barriers to engaging in therapy with the service. This can include practical barriers such as housing/finance/healthy relationships/psycho education. Prior to this, Laura worked for Home Start as a perinatal coordinator, assessing families’ needs and matching resources and support with a focus on pregnancy and early infancy.
  • Dinah Beckett – Dinah is Regional Asylum and Refugee Integration Manager at Migration Yorkshire. She qualified in Social Work in 2001, but quickly moved into the migration sector, where she has worked in the voluntary and statutory sectors, with adults, families and unaccompanied children for over 20 years. She currently works in a strategic role, working with national, regional and local partners to ensure the Yorkshire and Humber region can deal with and benefit from migration.

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