Life story work and preparation for permanence

Children and young people who have been separated from their biological families, whether this is temporarily or permanently, may not remember significant things and events about their own life and are likely to be denied access to childhood memories. Life Story Work is an effective tool for children and young people to make sense of a disrupted upbringing in multiple homes and foster families, preserve memories and offer explanation.

It is an opportunity for these children to know about their past, clarify past experiences and develop a valuable record about themselves. Photos, pictures and drawings will become significant part of the child's own life story book. This technique gives children a structured way of talking about themselves that helps to understand, accept who they are and build a sense of self worth.

This is the key to an understanding of why they have experienced separation and an acceptance of who they are in order to be able to move forward.

If you would like further information about our life story work service, or any of the expert services offered by Parents for Children, please contact Daniela Mandelli, Research Psychologist on [email protected] or call her on 020 7520 2880/1.