SCIE/NICE recommendations on looked after children: Promoting the quality of life of looked-after children and young people

Personal quality of life

Evidence indicates that developing a positive personal identity and a sense of personal history is associated with high self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. Life-story work, as an ongoing activity, can help children and young people understand their family history and life outside of care. Children and young people also have needs and preferences for contact with valued people and participation in the wider community as ways to build their self-esteem and assertiveness.

Recommendation 24 Meet the individual needs and preferences of looked-after children and young people

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Recommendation 25 Explore personal identity and support ongoing life-story activities

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