“Young people in care have a deep need to know who they are, whom they belong to, to whom they are important: a set of questions whose answers lie in the concept of identity. All young people have to deal with the issue of identity and who they are becoming. However, for the youngster in care, questions of identity can be very raw indeed.” (Gilligan, 2000)

All too often, a child’s cultural identity can be forgotten as they move through the care system. Yet we know that providing settings where cultural identity is respected, understood and celebrated is key to successful placement outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. To explore ways to assist looked after children and young people to improve their confidence, self worth and self-esteem
  2. Identify the fundamental importance of helping children and young people to establish a strong sense of their own identity
  3. Explore a range of resources which can support you in building a positive identity for a looked after child or young person
  4. Develop skills in promoting and building the positive identity of children and young people
  5. Gain an understanding of identity development
  6. Gain an awareness of social perceptions of various identities
  7. Understand the importance of working in an anti racist/anti-discriminatory way when engaging children, young people and their families

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Bespoke Options: Can be extended to include Equality Awareness.

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