“Window to our World” is a global first, immersive foster carer recruitment and training tool to accelerate behaviour change and deepen empathy while supporting children in the care system.
The idea of ‘borrowing another’s eyes’ to see a different perspective is a widely discussed aspect of VR. The five-minute VR experience aims to recruit more foster carers using the interactive immersion to enable carers and professionals to understand how trauma and abuse impacts children’s development and behaviour. The film was directed by award-winning British film director Ben Perry and was produced by VISYON, one of Europe’s leading innovation companies specialised in immersive content creation. VISYON’s collaboration on this project was part of their social innovation programme which helps bring positive change to society using emerging technologies.
Pere Perez, VISYON CEO said, “Our challenge was to prove VR can deliver on the promise of being an empathy machine while improving foster carer recruitment in the UK to provide kids with a new chance to succeed in life. Winning this award is just the best way to be able to thank everyone involved in this project, not just for their kind contribution but also as recognition of their professional skills, a truly remarkable team”
Over 7,000 new foster families are needed in the next 12 months alone to care for a range of children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups and disabled children. This unique immersive experience aims to recruit and support more foster carers using the interactive immersion to enable carers and professionals understand how trauma and abuse impacts children’s development and behaviour and the important role that the adult can play.
Helen Costa CEO Cornerstone said, “Growing up in care can have huge societal and psychological impact with many children struggling in later life. Using technology in this way can transform behavioral change and create a greater understanding and empathy for children who have been through the care system. Our aim is to encourage more people to foster or adopt so that loving, stable homes can be found for vulnerable children.”
Director of the film Ben Perry said, “It’s rare as a commercial director that you get the opportunity to make a film with such a meaningful purpose. Our challenge was to create a VR film that not only created empathy for children in need of foster care and increase the interest of potential foster carers, but to do so in a way that feels authentic and tasteful. We wanted to do away with clichés and tell a story that focused on the emotional impact of abuse and the positive power that foster caring has on a child’s life. I’m honoured to have had the opportunity to work with VISYON and The Cornerstone Partnership and the wonderful cast and crew that brought so much passion to this film.