Life Story Work 

Course Aim:

Working with children and young people to explore their Life Story is an absolute privilege. Over recent years there have been significant developments in this field, most importantly in relation to the shared understanding of the importance of Life Story work and that, when carried out sensitively and collaboratively, the process can be hugely beneficial for children and young people who are often phenomenally proud of their work.

Course outcomes: 

Participants will be offered the opportunity to:

  • Understand what is meant by the process of Life Story Work.
  • Understand that the approach to this work should be reflective of its value and that preparation is key.
  • Consider the importance of creating a safe and trusting relationship as a base from which a child can start their exploration of their Life Story.
  • Explore creative and inviting ways to enable individual children to participate.
  • Practise using of a range of activities to communicate effectively with children during the life story process
  • Understand the impact of a child’s life experiences on their ability to be involved, including the impact of separation, loss and trauma.
  • Understand how to present difficult information to children in a manner and at a pace reflective of their ability.
  • Comprehend the importance for a child in permanence to have a later life letter.
  • Explore the role and importance of a Life Story book.
  • Consider how to work collaboratively with others involved in the child’s life.