This course will enable me to work with children in care

Eloise Shingler, Working with Children and Families course

Mum-of-one Eloise is in the first year of the BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families course.

Fulfulling career

"My parents are foster carers so I’ve grown up seeing the positive impact that social workers can have on vulnerable children.

"Although I know I want to work with children and families, I’m not yet sure of the area.

"One of the benefits of my degree is that I have been introduced to many different careers so I'm now looking into working in prisons with families or as a family liaison officer and working with children in care.

Gaining experience

"We have the opportunity to experience a variety of placements. For my first placement I went to a school for children with learning disabilities.

"I spent the week with incredible young people and saw how the school supports their development while working around their individual needs.

"Through the various modules I am learning a lot about how children develop and how this can be affected by their environment, upbringing and society.

"This has helped me understand how some children can go into care, and the impact of this on them and their family.

Managing childcare and studies

"At first, I was worried about how I would cope with raising my son alongside being a student.

"But the workload is manageable and I enjoy being able to narrow down my assignments to the topics I am most interested in, such as working with children.

"My son was just nine months old when I started so I put him into nursery for one day a week so I can do my reading and coursework.

"He is a big motivator for me to succeed on this course and get a career that is fulfilling."