Life can be stressful enough for children and young people within the care system without being passed from pillar to post when it comes to healthcare. The Looked After Children’s Nursing Service provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for health screening and support.
I worked with pupils at Firsbrook School in Quinton to produce a short animation to illustrate what happens at an annual check up. The young people, themselves classed as ‘Looked After Children’, worked with their Art teacher, Richard Upton and myself to create the animation. This involved discussing their own apprehensions and experiences of accessing health care and advice. This formed the basis of the script which we developed into a stop frame animation, using characters the group developed themselves.
The young people are given annual check ups by a specialist team of nurses, and they also have the opportunity to discuss health issues with a specialist paediatrician. This means that their physical and mental health can be monitored and managed, and support can be offered where needed. Files are kept in one place and the young person will usually see the same person each year.
This animation formed part of a further film, based on interviews with nurses, doctors and healthcare assistants within the Looked After Children’s Health Team. This explains in some details what children and young people can expect.
Daisy Hale, Elliot Sturman did a sterling acting job undergoing a mock check, and Jennifer Smith did a fantastic turn as a Social Worker (maybe a new career beckons?). Huge thanks to everyone within the team was brave enough to go in front of the camera! Thanks also to everyone at Firsbrook for making me feel so welcome – staff and pupils alike.