This course explores the importance of life story work for children separated from their family of origin. It can help them to make some sense of their past and their present in order to move into the future with confidence.

Life Story work involves gathering together facts about the child’s life in a creative way resulting in a reassuring record of who they are and where they come from. It is a key tool in promoting their sense of identity and self worth.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Full understanding of the importance for life story work for looked after children
  2. Awareness of the emotional impact it has on the child, their carers and workers
  3. Able to employ a range of methods that can be used for life story work
  4. Be aware of the different feelings that life story work can invoke in children and young people
  5. Review some of the resources available to support life story work and know how to use or adapt them
  6. Have methods to develop a child’s understanding of what has happened to her/him in the past and to sensitively counter the misperceptions of her/his history

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 also be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

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