K101 Tma03 Why Can Recounting Past Experiences Be Important in Helping Service Users Have a Sense of Who They Are? Should Care Workers Always Encourage People to Recall Their Pasts?

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Part A Why can recounting past experiences be important in helping service users have a sense of who they are? Should care workers always encourage people to recall their pasts? Recounting past experiences can be very important for all people to help them have a sense of who they are. Reminiscing about the past is a ‘normal and natural mental activity’ (K101, Unit 5, p39), which everybody does during daily life. However, some people may find certain aspects of their lives difficult to talk about. It is more important for service users of all aspects of health and social care, because their past in most cases; will have played a big part in making them who they are in their present. This can be the case for many service users of children’s social care, who have been fostered or adopted. This is because the life experiences these service users may have been through can be extremely emotional and difficult to talk about. This is how life story work can enable them to come to terms with the past and discover who they are. The past experiences of service users in children’s social care can be traumatic ones. When service users are removed from their birth families at a young age, this can mean them leaving their attachment figure or not even being able to create one. Children start to create a bond with their attachment figures at very young ages, usually around 6-12 months old. If a child, like in the case of Jordan, (K101, DVD, Unit 5, video 5.1) is removed from this attachment figure at a young age, it can have a big effect on their development (K101, Unit 5, p31); this is because children use their attachment figure to learn about their selves, relationships and also as a secure base for exploring to develop physical and social interaction skills. (Bretherton, 1992 quoted in K101, unit 5, pp28-29) An example of how a child service user can be affected by not

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