In My Shoes
In My Shoes is a computer package that helps professionals communicate with children and learning disabled adults about their experiences, views, wishes and feelings, including potentially distressing experiences such as illness and abuse in home, educational and other settings. The interviewer sits alongside the child and assists, guides and interacts with them through a structured interview process. Trainees learn how to use the In My Shoes computer package and structured interview approach, as well as building on their skills in communicating with children. In My Shoes has a sound research base and has been sponsored by the Department of Health/DfES and others. It is useful for psychologists, social workers, child psychiatrists, other mental health staff, health workers, educational workers and specialists in forensic services.
The aims of the In My Shoes Training include enabling trainees to:
- Use the In My Shoes computer programme.
- Develop the specific interviewing skills needed to use In My Shoes effectively.
- Understand and be able to interpret the results file from an In My Shoes interview.
- Plan future use and specific applications for In My Shoes in their work and register with the IN My Shoes helpline.
In My Shoes is useful in a range of contexts and settings. These include:
- Enabling a child to talk about their experiences, thoughts, feelings and wishes.
- Helping a child to talk about their experience of living in their current, or previous family or other care settings.
- Contributing to an assessment of the likelihood of significant harm and abuse and neglect.
- Contributing to assessment and planning about a child's rehabilitation to their birth family.
- Gathering a child's wishes and feelings about being fostered, moving to an adoptive family.
- Communicating about pain and discomfort past and present, including children in hospital.
- Assessing the needs of a sibling group.
- Talking about school with a child - learning, friendships, relationships with teachers and others.
- Enabling children with learning disabilities or hearing impairments to communicate.
- Helping children with problems in concentration to focus.
- Engaging adolescents who find face-to-face interviews challenging.
- Talking with a young person about leaving care.
- Communicating with vulnerable adults.
Whilst all the information given in this document was correct at the time of going to press, DIAL Doncaster cannot be held responsible for any subsequent changes.