Our A Better Life (ABL) toolkit was originally launched in 2014. Over the last twelve months, we have taken the opportunity to review our toolkit and today are excited to announce the launch of our refreshed and updated A Better Life.
The refresh was led by Dr Emma Miller and involved includem staff and young people to ensure it reflects the most recent practice, theory and research. It was also reviewed by Tim Chapman who wrote the original A Better Life. We have strived to ensure that our refreshed model is UNCRC compliant, aligns with the Promise, and GIRFEC.
Includem uses the toolkit on a daily basis to best support the children, young people, and families we work with. It’s applied at the start of the journey of support with the ‘This is my Life’ module and introduced to the child, young person, and/or family at the discretion of our staff. There are 13 modules in total that can be used during support and the ‘This is my Future’ module is the final stage of their includem journey.
The refreshed model will be rolled out and phased into our way of working over the next few months.
Commenting on the launch of the refreshed toolkit, Lynsey Smith, Director of Services at includem said:
“With the impact of the pandemic, we took the opportunity to review and update our practitioner’s toolkit. It was important to us that this model reflected the most up to date research and theory so that our teams could provide the very best support to children, young people and families across Scotland.
“A Better Life gives our staff confidence before, during, and after their support sessions and provides the opportunity to reflect on how they can positively engage further in the future.
“We’d like to thank Dr Emma Miller, Tim Chapman and LGBT Youth Scotland for their valuable input, and we look forward to embedding our updated approach to the benefit of those we support.”