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This course will enable participants to explore how ongoing life story work contributes to children's and young people's understanding of their past, present and future.

Who should attend?

  • Children's social workers
  • Fostering and adoption social workers
  • Social work assistants
  • Family resource workers
  • Family centre and residential workers
  • Leaving care workers
  • Foster carers
  • Adopters

NB. This course is aimed at workers and carers who are fairly new to life story work and wish to enhance their skills and knowledge. Participants will receive a copy of CoramBAAF's bestselling guide Life story work by Tony Ryan and Rodger Walker.

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Actively integrate all aspects of a child/young person into his/her life story, including ethnicity, age, culture, disability and religion
  • Understand the impact of child development and attachment difficulties, and the impact of trauma when undertaking life story work
  • Work with the child's internalisation of adult messages
  • Enhance skills in communicating with children and the use of a variety of tools, including genograms, stories, CD-ROMs and games