Supporting children with understanding their life journey and making sense of their past
The West Midlands region were delighted to have Tracy Keane ( booked via Can Training Ltd) to deliver this very important course. Supporting children with understanding their life journey and making sense of their past is a vital part of the role of a foster carer. All our children are given a Welcome Box with a beautiful quilt donated by Project Linus UK when they come to live with our carers. This helps to support them keeping memories and maintaining a sense of their own identity.
The course , designed and lead by Tracy, covered the following areas:
- What is life story work and why do we do it?
- Who should carry out the work and your skills
- Memory boxes
- Barriers and loss of interest
- Building the foundations of life story work – Preparation
- Communication with a child or young person
- Dealing with Trauma and Disclosure
- Recording and presenting the information
- What can be included
- ‘Tools’ of the trade (practical creative activities session)
- Looking to the future
The foster carers found it an exceptionally helpful course and Laura, one of our carers , gave the following glowing feedback:
“The course is fantastic, informative, positive, empowering!! Thank you Tracy!”
Jess Albrechtsen (Regional Manager) and Jo Farmer (Senior Practitioner) were delighted to receive the following feedback from Tracy after the course….
“I would like to take this opportunity to tell you what an absolute pleasure it was to teach your wonderful foster carers, they engage with the training so well, despite how experienced they are, they are always willing to learn and try new things.
The group spoke so highly of you Jess as their manager and the support they receive from Jo (social worker) they told me is ‘outstanding’. They told me that if ever they need anything, help, information or support you see that they receive it immediately. One carer had encountered awful experiences with a previous organisation and had been left questioning her reasons for fostering, she then transferred over to you and in her words, ‘It was the best thing I could ever have done’, your support has renewed her faith in fostering and many children and young people will benefit from her wealth of experience thanks to you and your team. For foster carers to feel so supported and well looked after by their agency is a reflection on an excellent management team. Well done Regional Foster Families.”
Our agency is proud of its commitment to ongoing training and development of foster carers and staff, this being just one example of the regular training on offer for our registered foster carers.