About this Event

“We need people to support us, to believe in us, to not doubt us and go on a journey of discovery with us.” (Young person, during TVF workshop)

The Verbatim Formula (TVF) research project began with a desire to find ways of using an artistic practice that would explore young people’s experiences and perceptions of social service-based care in the UK.

For the past 4 years TVF has brought together academics, care-experienced young people, policy-makers, social workers and universities to develop and use new methodologies for listening that could potentially improve and positively impact the lives of care-experienced young people.

Supported by the Greater London Authority’s Peer Outreach Team, we invite you to join us for a full-day seminar constructed together with young people from CLICK (Children Living in Care Council) at Wandsworth. We will collaboratively share findings, reflect, plan, action and listen.

“I’ve literally become a catalogue of statistics, and just irrelevant facts and info. And it’s dehumanising to be honest. If adults don’t really view you as a human then how can you view yourself? …” (*Leah, 14 years old, TVF Audio Archive)

The Verbatim Formula is currently funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and led by Queen Mary University of London with the support of Greater London Authority, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Battersea Arts Centre.

The event is free. Booking is essential and refreshments will be served during the day.


According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the wishes and feelings of children in care must be taken into account. But are we listening to young people?

Throughout the day, the TVF team and young people from Wandsworth will be sharing CREATIVE PRACTICES and ACTIVITIES developed with young people to improve listening in care

10am – 12pm : What can we learn by listening?

The TVF will share their findings and lead activities for listening.

12.pm-1pm: Lunch and Exhibition: Can You See Me?

Please eat with us and explore young people’s art and words.

1pm – 2.30pm: The Care Experience

Young people from Wandsworth will lead immersive activities to deepen your understanding of care.

2.30pm – 4pm: Building the Future of Listening

Together, we will identify ways that listening can improve care.