Focus group to discuss Life Story work

7th January 2021

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We’re holding a focus group for care leavers to discuss how we can improve our Life Story work in Devon. The event will take place on Tuesday, 12 January from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Now, you might be wondering what exactly is Life Story work? Well, it’s a way of working that can help children and young people who are in care or separated from their birth families maintain a good sense of their life journey and identity. The Life Story work can include photos, written accounts, meaningful items – or anything else than can go in an album or a memory box.

When we live with our birth family, we can hear and check out the details of past events and stories handed down within our wider family. But if we are separated from our birth families or live in care for a long time, we are at risk of losing this kind of information and have to rely on other people in our lives to fill these gaps.

That’s where the Life Story work come in. Working together, we can help you keep hold of the important memories, items, events and experiences that have helped shape your life.

At the moment in Devon, Life Story work takes place with all young people who are adopted and some who are in care. However, we want to change this so that this is put into practice for all young people in care – and we would love to hear your views on how we should do this!

A wide range of people can contribute to the creation of a a Life Story. For example, other children and young people, foster carers, birth family members, social workers, nursery staff, teachers and youth club leaders.

But we would like to hear from you who you think should be contributing to a young person’s Life Story and what kind of things are important at different stages of life?

If you’d like to join the focus group, or would like to find out more, please email participation@devon.gov.uk. You can also contact us via Instagram or Twitter.

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