Looked-after children and libraries

A practical course to examine the needs of looked-after children and young people and explore strategies for supporting them and their reading. This training is appropriate for public library staff and other practitioners who work with looked-after children.

The course is run jointly by Anne Harding and John Vincent. John is the Networker for The Network and an independent trainer, consultant and lecturer specialising in social exclusion. He is highly regarded for his work relating to looked-after children.

Anne and John always tailor this course to local requirements. They have given training on the subject for national, regional and local authority audiences.

Course objectives:

  • to provide a greater understanding of looked-after children and young people
  • to extend awareness of their reading and information needs
  • to identify barriers to library use, and to begin to find ways of dismantling these
  • to examine strategies for promoting reading effectively
  • to consider appropriate resources and methods for exploiting them
  • to share good policy and practice and identify ways to develop and sustain them

Delegates on this course receive an extensive information pack.

What people say about this course

It was good to get an overview of the national picture. Useful to hear what other authorities are doing to support LAC. Some of the projects and ideas are really good benchmarks to strive for. Reading resources and ideas will help with some of my future projects.

Very informative and helpful. I liked the mix of presentations and practical work. It has also been very helpful to meet colleagues from other authorities - good networking opportunity!

An excellent course! The activity where the group had to discuss the suitability of reading materials for LAC was particularly useful and a real eye-opener.

I now feel inspired and reinvigorated regarding working with this target group.

Really useful in providing context, useful information for working with LAC and agencies as part of partnerships.

Enjoyed group working and being revolved around groups to compare circumstances. Brainstorming of points for the future also effective.

I've got a plan about what to do next, so I'll be hitting the phones to arrange meetings with key people. An excellent day.