Funded Travelling Fellowships in Early Years Prevention and Intervention

Published: 11 Jun 2015

Funded Travelling Fellowships in Early Years Prevention and Intervention

In 2016, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing over 1.34 million in British citizens, by awarding up to 150 Travelling Fellowships.

The Fellowships  will directly support British citizens who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in their UK professions and communities, and society as a whole.

Travelling Fellowships will be awarded in the ‘Early Years Prevention and Intervention’ category.

The essential task of the first year of human life is the creation of a secure attachment bond of emotional communication between the infant and the primary caregiver

 - Dr Alan Schore, Neuropsychoanalyst, UCLA.

People involved in policy and delivering programmes, in particular via primary prevention, that give children aged 0-3 years the social and emotional bedrock they need to reach their full potential, are encouraged to apply.

This category is in partnership with Wave Trust, and also The Dulverton Trust, who are very interested in supporting charities working in this area.

We are keen to hear from those working with charities on practical programmes in this area. Successful Fellows who work for charities in this field may be eligible to apply to The Dulverton Trust for funding to implement programmes they have researched on their Fellowship.

We are interested in proposals to investigate intervention systems and approaches which:

  1. Promote secure attachment and prevent disorganised attachment.
  2. Promote infant mental health.
  3. Prevent the occurrences of physical or emotional abuse or neglect in the lives of children from birth to age three.
  4. Promote good couple relationships and prevent domestic violence during pregnancy and in the first year after a child’s birth.
  5. Provide targeted support for mothers, fathers or families where there are ‘at risk’ situations for children’s wellbeing – such as substance abuse, mental health issues, domestic violence, or prior history of the parent having been abused.
  6. Demonstrate best practice in taking children into Care where it is considered unsafe or impractical to leave them with their birth parents.
  7. Provide pre-natal support to parents to foster the healthy social and emotional development of their future children.
  8. Promote good ‘attunement’ (responsive parent-infant bonding) between parent and child.
  9. Are universal in scope and ensure the best possible start in life for children’s social and emotional development.

Amongst those travelling this year is Jessica Cundy, who is a Development Manager for the NSPCC in London. She will be travelling to Australia and New Zealand to explore best practice in early intervention in families with complex needs.

Geneva Ellis, from London, travelled to northern Europe in 2012 to research approaches to the care of looked after children, in particular in residential children’s homes and in foster care. She focused on elements of practice that would be beneficial, transferable and financially viable in the UK. Geneva is now working with UK colleagues to secure a Department for Education Innovation Fund grant to develop models for the UK.

Successful applicants must demonstrate the commitment, the character and the tenacity to travel globally in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of current challenges facing the UK, and upon their return work to transform and improve aspects of today’s society.

A travelling sabbatical for people with the drive, determination and desire to help others, can further their leadership and role model abilities.

Employees who are awarded Fellowships bring great benefits to their employers, not only in terms of the beneficial impact of their personal development, but also with the advantage of their enhanced knowledge, new ideas and examples of best practise that they bring back to the organisation.

Applications are judged purely on project merit, and these opportunities are available to UK residents over the age of 18, of any ethnicity, religion, or gender.

Successful applicants will receive an average Fellowship grant of over £6000, covering return airfare, daily living costs, insurance and travel within the countries being visited, for approximately 6 weeks overseas.

Notes to Editors

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established shortly after Sir Winston’s death in 1965, as his national memorial and living legacy. Since then it has awarded over 5100 Travelling Fellowships.

The application process for travel in 2016 is now open, and there are 11 varied categories in which people can apply 

Churchill’s beliefs and passions are still living on through our Fellows – who are remarkable yet ordinary individuals, representing a wide range of backgrounds, qualifications, interests and professions, but sharing the desire to do something for the improvement of British life and their fellow man.

The deadline for the 2016 applications is 5pm on 22nd September 2015.

In total 150 Fellowships were awarded in the UK in 2015, an investment of over £1.34 million. The Fellows are currently travelling to 58 countries between them, across 6 continents, carrying out a wide range of projects.

To maximise the impact of our Fellowships we have developed partnerships with other organisations, focused on specific areas of concern and relevance for the UK today. Lessons learnt from overseas travel are effectively coordinated and disseminated, and incorporated into best practice in the UK for the benefit of others in similar communities and professions.

Wave Trust works to break the damaging cycles of family dysfunction and child maltreatment through research, advocacy and implementation of a primary prevention approach – preventing harm before it happens.

The Dulverton Trust  is an independent grant-making charity that award grants to a wide range of national or multi-regional charities operating mainly in England, Scotland or Wales. It is particularly interested in supporting charities carrying out practical early years intervention