The New Life Work Model practice guide
By Edith Nicholls

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Children who have been separated from their birth families, whether this is temporarily or permanently, are likely to be denied access to childhood memories, explanation and understanding. How, then, can they possibly begin to understand their life and move forwards?

The New Life Work Model aims to help these children make sense of their life, preserve their memories, offer explanation, promote genetic identity and more ably face the challenges the future may bring.

The Practice Guide gives agencies and practitioners the opportunity to enhance what they offer to children and young people in relation to Life Work. It shows how to make the complexities of Life Work a more achievable and effective practice by integration in the care planning process, creating shared responsibility for its completion, and broadening its focus from immediate to lifelong needs. It shows practitioners and carers how to use accompanying Memory Books (My Memory Book 0-4, My Memory Book 4+, and My Memory Book 8+) so they can meet the Life Work needs of all children separated from their birth families.

Large format paperback. 228 pages. 978-1-903855-81-2. £19.95.


About this guide
Introduction to the New Life Work Model and its theoretical base
The process and components of the model
Assisting temporary primary carers
Creating family history books
Assisting adopters in the telling process


Edith Nicholls
is an Adoption Support Social Worker with a local authority. She has over 24 years social work experience and has worked in education, generic social work, child protection and finally specialising in the field of Adoption and Fostering. She is also the author of What Does Adopted Mean? A Young Child's Guide to Adoption (RHP 2005).