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Using Virtual Reality for good

Finding solutions for children’s social care using Virtual Reality and immersive tech

Cornerstone is using groundbreaking VR and immersive technology in an innovative approach to adoption and fostering support.
The films have been filmed in 360 to give the full immersive experience and allow parents and carers to understand the impact of trauma and attachment from the child’s perspective.
They are shown with VR equipment so the viewer gets the chance to really enter the world of the child.
The films, a global first for children’s social services, were launched to local authority sector directors and heads of service as well as film and technology experts at London’s Living Room in City Hall on October 24.
Children services directors and service leaders were given the chance to discuss with the film and tech industry how VR can be used for good and lead to changes in the way parents through fostering and adoption are educated.
The panel of experts from children’s social care, the film industry and mental health sector included:
Debbie Rosenbaum – Oculus Rift Lead Counsel
Amanda Nevill – BFI Chief Executive
Maria Rakusanova – Raindance Film Festival Director VR
Adrian Leu – Inition CEO
Pere Perez – Visyon CEO
Anthony Douglas – CAFCASS CEO
Dr Matt Woolgar – South London and Maudsely NHS Trust Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Alison Alexander – Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead MD
The films are being used for foster and adoption recruitment and training and are already being rolled out by local authorities; Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Bracknell Forest Council.

Fostering:
• The films are a creative and alternative approach to tackling the recruitment crisis
• Engage potential foster carers during the early stages of assessment to ensure they remained focussed as they go into Stage 2 assessment
• Form part of the therapeutic parenting training for foster carers
• Supplement retention programmes within the LA

Adoption:
• The films give adopters – pre and post placement – a visual way to understanding the impact of attachment and trauma
• Form part of the therapeutic parenting training run with DDP
• Demonstrate the powerful effect PACE parenting can have on a child and the positive impact that will bring to the whole family

The VR is easy to use and integrate into adoption and fostering support and recruitment.

For more information call Christina on 01628 636376 or email christina@thecornerstonepartnership.com

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