Good practice in life story work

10/13/2020 15:30 - 16:30

The importance of life story books is established in statutory guidance where they are mandatory for adopted children. However, research indicates that a significant number of adoptive families don’t receive LSBs or receive books that are of such poor quality they can’t use them. It is also increasingly being recognised that LSBs are only one type of life story resource that adopted children and their new families need. Good life story information gathering can also empower birth family members, giving them a voice and helping them feel they can contribute to the child’s future. Life story work is also a process and increasingly recognised for its role in supporting adopted children’s sense of identity and maintaining their memories, especially for those who may have had multiple placement moves.

This session will cover

  • The role of life story work for children and families and what research and the law says about it.
  • Practice guidance and how to approach the work collaboratively with birth families, adopters and carers
  • Creative ideas for LSBs, life story work and the sharing of an anonymous LSB
  • Birth family members’ experiences of life story work will also be shared
Whilst the session and the Sharing Stories Service focuses on adopted children the importance of good life story work (which needs to start when children are in care) equally applies to all LAC and those in SGO placements.

Eve Payne, life story book worker, CCS Adoption

Lindy Wootton, early permanence lead and Sharing Stories manager, CCS Adoption