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Key Info

1 Day Course

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Where and When

Delivered at a venue of your choice throughout the UK, contact us for availability.

Accredited Course

The course content are accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.

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Course Overview

Many young people who are in looked after care have big questions about their life – their history, background and family. Some young people have started their journey of care when they are older children or teenagers and huge gaps can still exist as to understanding why they came into care.

Life story work is a positive approach to supporting looked after young people to understand about their past, their present life and to consider their future. This can be a difficult subject, causing it to sometimes be avoided. However, for the young person, it is an important part of learning about themselves, developing their resilience and building on their self-confidence. It is an essential part of their support.

This training course confirms what life story work is, clarifies the reasons why life story work is essential for children and young people in looked after care and how life story work should be fun, motivating and rewarding.

This training course describes how life story work may impact on children and young people from an emotional and psychological perspective as well as being beneficial for young people and support teams.

This training course describes how separation and loss can impact on children and young people and discusses the meaning of ‘identify’ and ‘loyalty’ as part of life story work whilst assessing different ways which young people are supported to develop their resilience.

This training course explores how supporters may need to prepare to take part in life story work with a young person, evaluate the balance between spontaneous and planned life story work and describes how children and young people may need supporting to prepare to take part in life story work.

This training course identifies different qualities required to support a young person with life story work activities, consider the importance of empathetic listening and identifies ways of gathering information about a child or young person which should be included as part of life story work alongside tasks or activities which can support the process.

This training course identifies experiences which children or young people may have experienced which can be a difficult story including trauma, abuse and neglect and considers ways of approaching difficulties stories.

This training course recognises potential barriers to taking part in life story work activities, compares the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’t’ of taking part in life story work activities and confirms how to structure life story work tasks including the structure of a life story work book.

Finally, this training course confirms the importance of providing support for supporters working with young people with life story work including the importance of debriefing. This is a Level 3 accredited course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Below are the main topics covered in this course, expand each one to see the criteria.

1Understand what life story work is
  • 1.1Describe the meaning of life story work
  • 1.2Define how day to day support tasks are already supporting life story work
2Understand the importance of life story work for a young person in care
  • 2.1Clarify the reasons why life story work is essential for children and young people in looked after care
  • 2.2Discuss why life story work should be fun, motivating and rewarding
3Understand the impact of life story work on young people and supporters
  • 3.1Describe how life story work may impact on children and young people from an emotional and psychological perspective
  • 3.2Explain how life story work can be beneficial for young people
  • 3.3Explain how life story work can be beneficial for support teams
  • 3.4Describe how separation and loss can impact on children and young people
  • 3.5Discuss the meaning of ‘identify’ and ‘loyalty’ as part of life story work
  • 3.6 Assess different ways which young people are supported to develop their resilience
4Understand the role of the supporter in life story work
  • 4.1Explore how supporters may need to prepare to take part in life story work with a young person
  • 4.2Evaluate the balance between spontaneous and planned life story work
  • 4.3Describe how children and young people may need to be prepared to take part in life story work
  • 4.4Identify different qualities required to support a young person with life story work activities
  • 4.5Consider the importance of empathetic listening
5Understand the importance of planning to take part in life story work (for both the young person and supporter)
  • 5.1Identify ways of gathering information about a child or young person to use as part of life story work
  • 5.2Consider different tasks or activities which can support life story work
6Understand ways to approach difficult stories
  • 6.1Identify experiences which children or young people may have experienced which can be a difficult story including trauma, abuse and neglect
  • 6.2Consider ways of approaching difficulties stories
7Understand ways of facilitating life story work
  • 7.1Confirm information which should be included as part of life story work
  • 7.2Recognise potential barriers to taking part in life story work activities
  • 7.3Confirm the importance of clarifying confidentiality and disclosure requirements
  • 7.4Compare the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’t’ of taking part in life story work activities
  • 7.5Confirm how to structure life story work tasks including the structure of a life story work book
  • 7.6Confirm the importance of providing support for supporters working with young people with life story work including the importance of debriefing

Accreditation

The course content are accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.

Certification

Each learner completing this course will receive an accredited Level 3 certificate of learning.

Additional Information

Training course duration

1 Day (please contact us if you require training which runs to a different timescale).

Availability of this training course

This Life Story training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK.

Audience for this course

This life story work training course is designed for professionals who work with children and young people and need to develop their skills and knowledge in completing life story work, including support teams, education providers and foster carers.

QCF Units

This Life Story Work training course is designed to meet the standards outlined in the new Children's Homes (England) Regulations which were introduced on 1st April 2015 and can contribute to outcomes of QCF units including the National Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce.

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