Working with Looked After children: An experiential perspective
This is a unique experience to hear from a former Looked After young person and his Social Worker, David Akinsanya and Jenni Randall.
David Akinsanya was looked after as a child. He talks of the extremes of the system, the times of care and understanding and the times of pain and difficulty. Jenni Randall was his social worker who clung on for a rollercoaster ride. They now are friends and David is a successful film maker and champion of Looked After Children. They talk on their successes and failures in a positive and helpful way to present-day practitioners.
A crucial thread running through the day is the importance of listening to the voice of the child and Bristol is developing this theme in future courses.
- To examine the corporate parenting task, drawing upon the experience of young people in public care.
- To look at the importance of emphasizing positive personal identity and personal history to enhance self-esteem and emotional wellbeing.
- To better prepare the young person for independence.
- To better equip the worker to understand the range of emotions, challenges, fears and desires of young people in the Looked After system.
- To explore new ways of developing relationships.
- To examine and challenge the culture surrounding parenting in the Looked After system.
- To explore pitfalls and problems that occurs during the Looked After experience and consider solutions.
- To recognise the value of developing warm, caring, professional relationships.
Course participants could include:
- Social Workers working with Looked After children
- Foster Carers
- Residential Social Workers
- LAC Teachers
The course will include clips from various films and written material that David Akinsanya and Jenni Randall have produced and worked on together.
– “Reminded us that whatever the process – the child should be at the centre.”
– “Very involving and thought provoking. A good mix of personal history and professional perspective.”
– “Thoroughly enjoyable, engaging and inspirational.”
– “Good mix of examples from real life experiences as well as sharing of practice – really enjoyable.”