COVID-19 Time Capsule Reparation– Tower Hamlets and City of London YJS (June 2020)

Summary: Details to time capsule reparation programme run by Tower Hamlets and City of London YJS.
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: Limited - arts and craft materials

 

 

Aims:

  • Support children to be able to complete some hours towards their reparation
  • To create a COVID-19 archive which will not only be looked back and reflected upon but also used to generate discussions - a little piece of history in the making

 

 

Description:

Children are supported to use creative expression to document their experience during COVID-19. This can include exploring the pros and cons of experiencing a lockdown, documenting the changes to daily life, psychological impact, and reflections on the world during the pandemic.

Before the children start, they have a telephone meeting with their case manager to discuss what is required and some of the elements that they may want to look at and the method they may choose to employ to do this.

Children are encouraged to use a variety of methods, including to do this such as writing lyrics, poetry, cartoons/drawings, spoken word poetry/rap recordings, story writing, joke collections. Children can be as creative as they like.

In cases where particular fears/concerns have been aired by the child through their work the case manager will discuss these with the them and they will work together to identify possible solutions. For example, if fears have been highlighted with regards to bereavement, this might result in a referral for specialist counselling.

This reparation project is currently replacing other group-based reparation projects, which cannot take place.

 

 

Implementing the practice:

  • Children are required to create an expressive piece of work at home and submit it to their YJS Case Manager.
  • Case Managers and or/ISS workers to coach and guide through creation if additional support is needed.
  • The piece of work can be used as tool to open a dialogue between the child and their YJS practitioner and help to engage and develop the working relationship.
  • If a child wants to create a poster/cartoon/story board etc, but does not have any resources at home, the YJS has purchased and put together art packs to be posted out which include colouring pens, pencils, coloured paper and glue sticks.

 

 

Contact:

Youth offending team:  Tower Hamlets and City of London Youth Justice Service
Name: Vanisha Khunti
Email: Vanisha.Khunti@towerhamlets.gov.uk

 

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