Trust scientific meeting: “I haven’t given up”: reflections from First Step about working with children and young people in care
Presenters: Martina Weilandt and Anna Kershaw
Chair: Bernadette Wren
First Step is a Tavistock service that works to understand better the emotional needs of children and young people who are in Haringey’s care. Nationally, there has been an accelerating interest in understanding how to improve the life chances of children and young people in the care system. Over the course of the last five years we have had the opportunity to get up close to their emotional experience, and that of their families and professional networks. Using case examples, we will share our thoughts about what has been effective.
Anna Kershaw works as a clinical psychologist for the First Step Team as part of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. She is interested in creative and collaborative ways of connecting with young people who services may find it hard to reach. Anna is involved in co-producing emotional support services with young people in care, from their inception to their delivery.
Martina Weilandt has worked over the last 20 years as a social worker and primary health care worker with children in the care system in both Germany and England. In her current role as Deputy Manager in the First Step Service, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, Martina leads on providing a service for those children who move placements frequently and who subsequently often have no access to the support they so urgently require. Martina feels passionate about helping to improve services for this vulnerable group of children.