WINGS to Fly: what can be learned from the evaluation of a programme for supporting children's social and emotional wellbeing and the resulting knowledge partnership?

Cartmel, Jennifer, Miller, Debbie, Udah, Hyacinth, Harris, Paul, and Smith, Kerry (2021) WINGS to Fly: what can be learned from the evaluation of a programme for supporting children's social and emotional wellbeing and the resulting knowledge partnership? Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 22 (2). pp. 100-120.

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This article describes the partnership between Pathways to Resilience Trust and human services and social work educators at Griffith University during the evaluation of the WINGS to Fly programme in Queensland, Australia. WINGS is a professional development programme to support educators in early years services to improve outcomes for children from birth to five years of age. Designed as a strengths-based approach, WINGS encourages educators to bring a curiosity to their practice, and to notice the impact of their interactions and communication on children developing social and emotional skills. The pilot was examined based on realist evaluation principles. The findings suggest the training and resources provided to educators acted as facilitating mechanisms that improved their skills and capacity to support children’s social and emotional learning and a greater sense of wellbeing. The learnings from this programme and the partnerships established laid the foundation for a more formalised knowledge partnership. This knowledge partnership extended to the development, implementation and evaluation of youth-oriented programmes based on the key concepts of the Neurosequential Model in Education to further explore what works and how service models in human services are evolving, and in turn, influence social work teaching and research activities.

Item ID: 67575
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1329-0584
Copyright Information: Copyright (c) 2021 Copyright © Australian & New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education by Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) is licensed underCC BY 4.0.
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2021 00:46
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440903 Social program evaluation @ 50%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1699 Other education and training > 169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified @ 20%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160101 Early childhood education @ 40%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160104 Professional development and adult education @ 40%
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