EMPLOYABILITY: BUILDING FUTURES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH
LEARNING DIFFICULTIES LEAVING CARE
Who Cares? Trust & Rural Media
ISBN 1903239176, £15
Star Rating: 4/5
It is easier to talk about reversing the impact of social
exclusion and care than to achieve it. Training for workers in the
area, such as Connexions personal advisers, has too often been
poor. The Who Cares? Trust, through its supported employment
project, has given voice to young people speaking about their
positive experiences in preparing for employment, writes Tony
This 13-minute video is accompanied by an interactive CD-Rom.
Both will help field workers and young people with learning
difficulties leaving care to explore together key questions of
building self-esteem, recognising strengths, relevant skills and
gaps, and goal setting; the prerequisites to being empowered to
seek employment. Can it work?
A range of real scenarios gives hope. But the overall level of
success of the scheme is not discussed. The interactive tool for
worker and young person appears easy-to-use, but there is little
feedback to judge the usefulness of the video. Overall, this is a
realistic resource worth acquiring.
Tony O’Sullivan is consultant community paediatrician,