Course Profile

Course Profile:

Life Story Work with Unaccompanied Minors

(2 Days)
Many unaccompanied minors who are looked-after may well have a multitude of difficulties and challenges including trafficking, PTSD and issues around bereavement.

This course will identify the meaning of life story work and consider all the preparation which needs to take place in advance, including finding the right person to support the child and how to build on resources for use in life story work. It will explore reflective practice to find a deeper understanding of the necessity of allowing young people to tell their story alongside the possible barriers to this taking place.

This course will consider the difficult stories which young people may have to tell, such as abuse and violence, and looks at how to approach this in a way which suits the child’s understanding, age and stage of development. This course will also look at different ideas of ways to design and structure a life story book, what can be included and how to keep it active and ongoing.
The course is designed for Social Workers, Social Work Managers and Foster Carers.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • The definition of and theory supporting Life Story Work.
  • A range of methods to communicate effectively with children during the life story process.
  • How to identify why it may be a significant part of the care plan for children who are looked-after.
  • How to assess the most appropriate way of working with individual children with their life stories, considering diverse family backgrounds, cultural experiences and the significance of young people experiencing multiple levels of trauma.
  • How to work effectively with the child’s network throughout the process, with professional principles, and within an ethical framework.
  • How to approach life story work with young people from a culturally complex background.
  • The prevalence of many unaccompanied minors to resist life story work.
  • How to assess which children would benefit from other types of intervention.
  • Reflective practice and an understanding of this work may assist practitioners.
  • How to build appropriate relationships to engage in life-story work.
  • How to ensure the proper resources are in place to deal with any negative impact of life story work.
Training methods include: Presentations, Games, Activity sheets, Feedback, Discussion, Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Group work, DVD and Handouts