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Building Relationships with Children and Families

This section provides practitioners with resources to help gain the voice of the child in developing a trusted relationship with an adult of their choosing. A child or young person (CYP) needs to feel safe in a relationship to be able to open up about their worries and feelings. The resources on this page enable the relationship to be developed and allow the CYP to talk to an adult who knows them best and has the interests of the child at the core of their work.

The resources and tools available in the green drop-downs below, enable the practitioner to choose the most appropriate based on age and/or stage of development of the CYP. The list of resources available is not exhaustive but a starting point for practitioner work.

0-5 years

Animal Talk

The Animal Talk activity uses animal pictures to get to know children and discuss their views and feelings.

Guidance notes and pictures

 

5-11 years

All About Me

All About Me is a one page document that enables you to build up a profile of a child/young person's likes and dislikes, similar to the My Profile.

Template

Animal Talk

The Animal Talk activity uses animal pictures to get to know children and discuss their views and feelings.

Guidance notes and pictures

The Blobs

The Blobs themselves are designed to be non-gender specific, neither young nor old.  The Blobs can be used to deal with issues around feelings and body language.

Guidance notes

The Blob Tree template

The Blob Playground template

The Three Houses

The Three Houses template enables practitioners to discuss a child's likes, hobbies, strengths, protective factors, dislikes/worries and risks related to the child as well as dreams, hopes and wishes.

Guidance notes with template

Template only

11-16 years

Skittles (Sweets) Game

Use sweets as a tool to provide an opportunity and space to enable a child or young person to open up about their feelings.

Guidance notes with template

The Blobs

The Blobs themselves are designed to be non-gender specific, neither young nor old.  The Blobs can be used to deal with issues around feelings and body language.

Guidance notes

Blob Football template

The Blob Bridge template

The Blob Tree template

 

16-25 years

Skittles (Sweets) Game

Use sweets as a tool to provide an opportunity and space to enable a child or young person to open up about their feelings.

Guidance notes with template

Telling People about Myself

A simple 3 statements and 3 questions document, enabling young people to share information about themselves and find out more about someone they are working with or meeting for the first time.

Template

Thoughts and Feelings Board Game

The aim of the game is to build a sense of trust with the child or young person. It allows them to openly discuss their thoughts and feelings, without feeling like they are being questioned. It is made to feel like a game, as you are also supposed to join in and share your thoughts and feelings.

Guidance notes with template

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