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Working with children, young people and families

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Roles and responsibilities

Specialisms around working with children, young people and families often lead to working in children's centres, schools, family support centres, multi-agency support teams and youth services. Roles often involve using skills in safeguarding, child development and parenting.

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Donna’s story

Being in prison with my baby daughter was my lowest point. I wouldn't have been able to cope without Sarah. Thanks to her support and understanding, I have been able to keep my daughter and go back to a normal life outside prison. I'll be forever grateful to her.

Sarah’s story

Before I started my placement in a women's prison, I didn’t understand why prisoners would be able to keep their babies with them. Once I spent time with the women and started to understand their situations, I got it.

The mothers go to work or training during the day and we take the children out on day trips and get them out of the prison. Then we become the mother’s support when they come back from work. We run different programmes and courses like safe sleeping for the babies. They learn how to be a mother with us.

I get to help keep families together. You see someone come in and they have nothing left and everyone is against them. They're in a bad place, but you help them to blossom.

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