Life story work records a life story of children and young people who have spent a lot of time living in out-of-home care.
It records the child’s history and personal development, and can help them maintain a connection to their identity, their birth family and their origins.
Life story work is important for all children in care and should include:
- a copy of their birth certificate
- their own artwork
- letters from parents, siblings and carers
- their family tree or genogram
- information about their cultural background.
- photographs that record things like:
- milestones and achievements
- place of birth
- holidays and outings.
Life story work should be updated regularly.
If you have a question about life story work, contact your caseworker for more information.
Life story work is particularly important for Aboriginal children as it helps them maintain a connection to their culture.
The department provides a special Aboriginal life story book which is tailored to the child’s own clan group.
The Aboriginal life story book covers areas including:
- cultural and kinship groups
- the Dreaming
- their Dreaming story
- kinship genograms or family trees.
If you have a question about Aboriginal life story books, speak with your caseworker.