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 Life Work with Children Who are Fostered or Adopted

Life Work with Children Who are Fostered or Adopted

Using Diverse Techniques in a Coordinated Approach

Joy Rees
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Paperback / softback
2018, 9.02in x 5.98in / 229mm x 152mm, 120pp
ISBN: 9781785922299


This new book from life work expert Joy Rees explains the value of effective and meaningful life story work with fostered and adopted children, and how best to carry it out.

Simple to read and to implement, this book will help social work practitioners understand how best to support children by using life work, enabling the child to better understand their own history and to gain a secure sense of identity. It lays out the theoretical framework underpinning life story work, and also explains how the team around the child, including social workers and foster carers, can using different life work methods in a coordinated way to ensure consistency and long-term therapeutic support for the child.

This guide has all you need to start effective life work, and also includes handy pro formas and checklists which can be easily adapted for different settings.


'Joy Rees brings her practice wisdom, theoretical knowledge and field work experience to give a confidence to those helping children to make sense of their lives.'
- Mac Heath, Head of Children and Family Services, West Berkshire Council

'Yet again Joy Rees has demonstrated her gift of enabling practitioners to help children make sense of their often confusing and painful stories, explaining complex subjects and processes in clear, accessible language.'
- Gillian Thrower, Developmental Trauma and Attachment Therapist

'Life Work with Children Who are Fostered or Adopted really challenges us to think about who is holding the history for the child, and how we can pull these pieces together into a coherent story to be visited at intervals throughout the child's life. With clear understanding about why life work needs to be an ongoing process, this book has lots of practical information about a range of ways we can find, hold and share the story with the child.'
- Kim S. Golding, Clinical Psychologist, Worcestershire


By (author): Joy Rees