Children raised by their birth families will have their lives recorded in the memories of those around them, by their family, by those who love them. A consistent caregiver not only provides a stable foundation for children to spread their roots and grow, they also provide a stable external narrative. Children and young people in care will also have their lives recorded by those around them but the difference is that for many children in care, especially those on long term care orders, those around them are constantly changing and so that external narrative comes from a huge list of authors, all carrying different opinions and motives. This external narrative can paint an unfair and unbalanced picture of a child. The lives of children and young people in care are narrated on paper and on electronic systems such as CHARMS. Although foster carers will record a child’s journey in their memory, when a child moves on from them, those memories stay in the minds of the foster carer, whilst their paper narrative sticks with them. This course will explore how children are portrayed on paper with a focus on the power of blankets statements and labels, encouraging caregivers and professionals to narrate a child’s life positively rather than focussing on what a child has said or done wrong. Scott will also pull on his own life experiences, presenting some of his own files, reflecting on the way he was written about as a child.

Course Access

Unlimited Duration

Last Updated

6 April 2022

Course Category

Created by
TSD Standards and L&D Framework

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction and Overview 00:00:00
  • Safeguarding: The Systems Focus On The Negative 00:00:00
  • Opinions, Facts and Labels – Part 1 00:00:00
  • Opinions, Facts and Labels – Part 2 00:00:00
  • The Child’s Narrative 00:00:00
  • Capturing A Child’s Voice 00:00:00
  • Accessing Care Files: A Care Leavers Perspective 00:00:00
  • Summary 00:00:00
  • Evaluation – Capturing The Journey Unlimited

Course Reviews


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  1. Capturing The Journey


    Totally immersive and relatable content that is a must for any carer in my opinion

  2. Sarah Taylor3 May 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Great course


    Once again another brilliant course. I always learn so much from Scott’s course’s and feel I have a better understanding of what the children I care for are going through.

  3. Adam Newland Quraishi29 March 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Best course ever - eye opening


    Great course. Highly recommended.

  4. Capturing the journey


    Great course. would recommend that anyone who has to document anything about looked after children do this course

  5. Capturing the journey


    Really enjoyed

About Us

We want to stop children being moved from home to home by standing as an advocate for the “naughty kids” and promote a new perspective of care and give a new, deeper level of understanding.

Great Dunmow, Essex, UK

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