Life story work records a life story of children and young people who have spent a lot of time living in 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.

What is life story work?

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
    • pets
    • 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.

Aboriginal life story work

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
  • elders
  • the Dreaming
  • their Dreaming story
  • kinship genograms or family trees.

If you have a question about Aboriginal life story books, speak with your caseworker.