Life Story Work (LSW) takes the form of revealing, contextualising and processing known and unknown facts/opinions that have been gathered by Social Care about a young person's history.
LSW reduces shame/self-blame and brings about a sense of positive identity. The LSW process creates the potential for healing conversations between carers and a young person through greater
understanding about the past.
LSW sessions generally occur bi-weekly, lasting about an hour, and take place with carers and key workers present. At the end of the process a crafted book is presented to the young person with a
record of the known facts – as well as their opinions/feelings. The book is intended to be shared with future carers as a way of honouring the young person's unique journey.
Separate consultation with carers can also support trauma resolution and therapeutic parenting strategies.