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Cornerstone VR – Using Virtual Reality for Good in Social Care and Mental Health Services

by Anthony Weaver

Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the fastest-growing parts of the tech industry, and whilst commonly used for entertainment purposes, has the potential to transform education and advance social movements. Cornerstone VR is one of the companies leading this VR for Good initiative, with their innovative us of VR in Social Care (adoption and fostering) and Mental Heal Services.

Earlier this month, Immerse UK and award-winning social enterprise The Cornerstone Partnership presented findings of a 12-month pilot and were able to show how VR tools, devices and content can be applied within children’s services. Their work to develop VR as an ‘intervention’ for use across adoption and fostering services is a world first and the results demonstrate that this technology is set to revolutionize social care settings.

The VR content is extremely powerful, and it is quite evident how this can change lives for children now and in the future. The shocking footage gives an insight in to the daily struggles so many children face from birth onwards and it is a stark reminder of traumatic situations children can be put in.

Preliminary results attached paint a very promising picture of Cornerstone VR’s potential in getting children to the best path possible. Improved decision making and understanding of trauma, children’s emotions and potential triggers can help practitioners and policy makers implement more effective solutions. I can also help to understand the issues of these children and can help prevent issues and huge cost further down the line – care breakdowns, education, crime, and mental health.

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