Central to Digital Life Story Work is the practice focus and the research of Dr Simon P Hammond BA (Hons), MSc, PhD. Simon’s passion in this area developed whilst he was a residential worker in Sheffield in 2005. He was fascinated by the rapid uptake of digital technologies and frustrated by an inability to use these tools when seeking to work with young people. To read more about how these ideas developed click here.


Simon began his Ph.D. in 2008 at the Centre for Research on Children and Families at the University of East Anglia. He sought to create a range of approaches that could be used by professionals to help engage meaningfully with young people via digital technologies. Throughout his Ph.D., which latterly became known as the Digital Life Story Work research programme, Simon worked closely with a range of young people, carers, managers and heads of service to ensure the approaches developed were fit for purpose.





Simon published his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Exploring a role for digital technologies in life story work with adolescents in residential care” in March 2012. He is very keen for his work to make a real-world impact so, working with coramBAAF, he published “Digital Life Story Work: Using technology to help young people make sense of their experiences” in February 2013. The book has been well received in the UK and beyond, continuing to attract positive reviews. Simon has also contributed a chapter entitled “Digital Life Story Work in action” to Tony Ryan and Rodger Walkers’ 2016 edition of “Life Story Work”.


To read more about Simon’s research and download the first chapter of his Digital Life Story Work book cited by NICE (National Institute for Care Excellence) in their Quality Statement 4 as a useful resource click here.


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