Employability: Building futures for young people with learning difficulties leaving care

    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
    O’Sullivan.

    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,
    Lewisham PCT.

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