Some children face traumatic or difficult events in their lives, and it's essential that they are helped to understand such events and given permission to talk. To do this, helping adults need to be equipped and confident to start these conversations.
Conversation Starters for Direct Work with Children and Young People provides guidance and support for any adult who needs to talk to children about difficult issues. The issues covered include domestic abuse and drug use, mental health issues, adoption and fostering, family illness and bereavement, as well as giving evidence in court.
Co-authored by the bestselling author of Direct Work with Vulnerable Children and Direct Work with Family Groups, this book combines seasoned practice wisdom with practical examples and activity ideas to enable you to best help the children in your care.
Audrey Tait is a Senior Practitioner with the Children and Families Practice Team, City of Edinburgh Council. She has over 20 years' experience working with children in social work settings. Becky Dunn is a Senior Practitioner delivering child protection training for Edinburgh Council, and has worked with children for 15 years in a variety of settings.
1. Introduction. 2. Preparation. 3. Partnership working. 4. Bullying. 5. Domestic Abuse. 6. Divorce and Separation. 7. An absent parent. 8. Problematic alcohol use. 9. Problematic drug use. 10. Foster care. 11. Adoption and Permanence. 12. Mental health problems. 13. Dementia. 14. When someone in the family is unwell. 15. Death and / or Suicide. 16. Giving evidence in court. 17. Imprisonment. 18. Looking after yourself.