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Life story work: Enhancing confidence in direct work with children and the creation of good quality life books



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In 2015 research, conducted jointly between the UK children’s charity Coram and the University of Bristol found great variation in the quality of life story books across England and Wales with many being of poor quality. The same research found that children were largely poorly prepared to explore their histories, adoption professionals and agencies did not seem to prioritise life story books, and that adopters felt poorly prepared in how to use and update life story books with their children.

This workshop will enable participants to explore best practice in the facilitation of ongoing life story work which will enable children’s and young people’s understanding of their past, acceptance of their present and hopefulness about the future.

The workshop will focus on creative direct work with children and will provide opportunity for practitioners to consider practical approaches to working and engaging with children and young people and related factors which may impact on the practitioner throughout this shared journey. It will also provide opportunity for those preparing life (story) books to consider a supportive model and framework for facilitating good quality books. The workshop will enable practitioners to consider their role in assisting adopters in the continued building of children’s understanding, resilience and moving forward with hope into independence. By the end of this workshop practitioners should be better prepared for the first stage of life story work, that of engagement, attunement and competence in working with children and young people.

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Children’s social workers, fostering and adoption social workers, social work assistants, family resource workers, family centre and residential workers, leaving care workers.

This workshop would be particularly beneficial to workers new to life work and those wanting to refresh their skills, knowledge and approaches to direct work and the creation of life books within a creative environment.

20 places available.


By the end of the workshop participants will have:

  • Explored opportunities to actively integrate all aspects of a child/young person into his/her life story including race, gender, age, culture, disability and religion
  • Considered the impact of child development, attachment and trauma  when undertaking life story work
  • Explored the child’s internalisation of adult messages
  • Enhanced skills in communicating with children including the use of a variety of tools including genograms, stories, CD-ROMs and games
  • Considered practical approaches to creating life story books through the Joy Rees Model and others
  • Examined examples of life story books


Jacqui Lawrence - CoramBAAF Trainer Consultant
*Facilitator subject to change


Registration 9.30am – 9.55am*
Start  10.00am*  
Close  4.00pm* 
Refreshments/lunch provided 

*Times subject to change


Full or associate CoramBAAF member £105.00 + £21.00 VAT - Total £126.00

Individual CoramBAAF member £85.00 + £17.00 VAT - Total £102.00

Non-member £130.00 + £26.00 VAT - Total £156.00

Adopters/Fosters carers £85.00 + £17.00 VAT - Total £102.00

Student discount for all fees - 20%


Telephone 020 7520 2041/43




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