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Improving three young people’s tools with Care Leavers Support Workers

Date Published: 27 November 2017

Lancashire County Council has been working in partnership with Leapfrog to collaboratively redesign some of the young people’s tools to invigorate the pathway planning process of care leavers and support workers, as the current YP tools are viewed as inappropriate for their work.

A leapfrog workshop on improving engagement tools led by PhD student Rosendy Galabo, co-facilitated with Professor Leon Cruickshank, with support of Debbie Stubbs was delivered on 27th November at ImaginationLab. The workshop was attended by 10 care leavers support workers from Leaving Care Service (PPA), North Lancashire. The focus on the session was to explore the inappropriateness of three YP tools (Everybody, Storyboard contract, and Topic Tally), and come up with ideas for improving these YP tools according to support workers’ practice.

In this half-day workshop, the group of support workers came up with a set of proposals for improving Leapfrog tools in three different ways, and the day concluded with them presenting their suggestions for improvement. The Leapfrog design team will develop these ideas further and create new versions of the tools for care leavers planning process before making them freely available for download on Leapfrog website.