YOUTH VIDEO TARGETS NEW SOCIAL WORKERS; Children's Views to Improve Services
Byline: LIAM MURPHY
THE spooky cover and bizarre masks worn by the actors may make it look like a video nasty but this production from youngsters in care aims to recruit more social workers for Wirral.
The 18-minute DVD and video is called My Ideal Social Worker and will be used as part of a social services recruitment drive and for training social workers in the borough.
The film came about when social workers realised that children's comments, positive and negative, were not being used to improve the service.
It was at workshops at Wirral's youth theatre in Birkenhead that the young people discussed the good and bad points about the service they received.
After talking with young people, children's involvement officer Fiona O'Shaughnessy and cultural inclusion officer Jeanette Geary began the video project in January 2004. It was completed during evenings, weekends and school holidays.
However, to protect their identity the children involved -- who are all looked-after children -- wore masks when they appear in the video, and used puppets for various scenes.
Twelve young people aged between nine and 16 were involved in …
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Publication information: Article title: YOUTH VIDEO TARGETS NEW SOCIAL WORKERS; Children's Views to Improve Services. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England). Publication date: November 15, 2004. Page number: 18. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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