The Blue Polar Bear: Storybook about parental dual diagnosis

This beautifully illustrated book is for children 5-7 years. Its aim is to help workers, carers and parents to introduce the issues of parental dual diagnosis (mental illness and substance misuse), explore concerns and encourage positive coping and help-seeking behaviours. Click here to view/download


TF-CBT Triangle of Life – Mobile game app

This free app, which is based on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, has been designed to support traumatised children (aged 8-12) to heal by helping them better understand their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and move toward a better quality of life. During this novel game, the…


Young carers – assessment tools

The Manual below contains two instruments for the assessment of caring: The Multidimensional Assessment of Caring Activities (MACA-YC18) is a questionnaire (an 18-item self-report measure) that can be used to provide an index of the total amount of caring activity undertaken by the young person,…


Let’s Be Friends Again – Storybook (sibling conflict)

The book talks about sibling conflict by presenting a story about a boy who overcame his anger and forgave his sister for setting his pet turtle free. The story helps children understand that anger is a normal, manageable emotion. Click here to view/download


When I feel sad – children’s story

A children’s story about recognizing, accepting and managing sadness. The story encourages children to find their own ways to cope with sad feelings. The book contains both color as well as black and white version of the story. The resource is completely free however to…


Ecomap Activity

Creating an ecomap is a graphic and useful way of identifying all of the systems at play in the family’s life. The ecomaps give workers a detailed picture of: the family dynamics ; each individual family members’ connections to their community; each individual family members’ connections…


Healthy Relationships Toolkit – Teenagers

This interactive toolkit was designed to teach young people about healthy relationships, choices, and communication. It addresses attitudes, opinions, and behaviors related to dating abuse and healthy relationships. The toolkit will be best delivered within a group setting however can be also used during 1:1…


Baby Wants… (Booklet)

This easy read booklet for parents encourages them to do simple things like playing, reading and singing to help develop their young child. Click here to view/download


Sexual behaviours traffic light tool

Using the resource, professionals can learn to identify, assess and respond to sexual behaviour in children and young people in a confident and appropriate manner. It can be also used when explaining to parents/carers what constitutes healthy sexual behaviour and how to identify when their…


Establishing a day in the life of a school age child (sheet)

This tool supports workers to gain a good understanding of a child or young person daily routine.  It should help to identify positives or strengths in the child/young person’s daily routine, as well highlighting areas where there may be concerns. Click here to view/download  


Budget (debts) sheet

Social workers can use this budget sheet to help the families they work with sort out their debts. It can be used to list all the income and expenses for the household, figure out how much money the family has left and plan how they can pay off their debts….


Cycle of Violence (Tool)

A useful tool which assists the families affected by domestic abuse to understand the cycle of violence. Click here to view/download the tool Click here to view/download the explanation of the theory


Children’s Domestic Violence Wheel (Tool)

A great tool which helps social workers explain to the parents how domestic abuse affects children. Click here to view/download It is recommended to be used in conjunction with: The Power and Control Wheel The Equality Wheel, and Cycle of Violence Wheel  


ASQ:SE-2 Social-Emotional Development Guide (Sheets for parents)

This colorful, 9-page guide outlines a dozen or more important milestones for social-emotional development of children at the age of 2 to 60-months. The sheets can support social workers’ discussion with parents about their children’s social-emotional development. Click here to view/download  


Ages & Stages Questionnaires: Social-Emotional Development Screening Tool (ASQ:SE-2)

ASQ:SE-2 is a set of questionnaires about children’s social-emotional development from 6 to 60 months which can be self-administered by parents/caregivers. Doing this screening provides a quick look at how children are doing in important areas, such as self-regulation, communication, autonomy, compliance, adaptive functioning, affect,…


Robbie’ s Trail through Foster Care: Activity Book

Robbie’ s Trail through Foster Care: Activity Book This engaging story is about Robbie Rabbit’s journey into foster care. In this full-color book, Robbie is removed from his birthmother’s home and placed with foster parents. Robbie meets his new foster family, learns what a foster…


Keep Safe: A guide to personal safety

An easy read guide about personal safety covering the following areas: How to keep safe at home How to keep your home safe How to keep safe when out and about How to keep safe on buses How to keep safe on trains How to…


ReMoved (Video for foster carers)

ReMoved follows the emotional journey of a nine-year old girl who is taken from her abusive birth home and placed in the tumultuous foster care system. This short film will help foster carers understand the experiences of many children coming from home of neglect and…


Building blocks for babies – Fun parent/child activities guide

The Building blocks for babies guide lists fun and simple at-home activities that parents can do to promote their infants’ and toddlers’ physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. It provides ideas in relation the following areas: Explore With Me Play With Me Have Fun With Me…


The Pregnancy Book – Guide

This book provides information on many aspects of pregnancy, labour and childbirth and the first weeks after child’s birth. Contents: Becoming pregnant Now you are pregnant How your baby develops Getting to know your baby Your health in pregnancy Antenatal care Conditions and problems in…


Keeping Teens Safe from Online Sexual Exploitation (Guide for parents)

This parent brochure has been created in response to emerging online risks and recent tragedies involving young people in Canada. The goal is to inform parents in order to reduce the incidence of adolescent sexual exploitation. It guides parents how to discuss the following topics with…


A young person’s guide to foster care

These six booklets are to help young people understand what foster care is. They give information about the term ‘fostering’, foster carers, social workers, contact with birth family and support available. The booklets have been developed by particular Local Authorities, while the content is useful for…


Young persons guide to ‘being looked after’ or ‘in care’

This guide is for children and young people who are “looked after”. It gives information about the term “being looked after”, placement options, Looked after Child Review meetings, care plans, education, health and corporate parents. The guide has been designed by Bracknell Forest Council and…


LAC review Consultation Booklet for Parents – Gaining the parents’ views

This booklet has been designed for parents to contribute/share their views at a Looked after Child review meeting. The booklet invites parents to comment on their child’s current placement, contact arrangements, care plan, health and education. It also encourages them to think of ways how to promote…


A children’s guide to foster care

These three nicely illustrated guides to foster care explain in a child friendly way who foster carers are, the role of a social worker and answers common questions a child may have. 


Children’s Guide to Adoption (Booklet)

Below are two different booklets which help children understand what adoption is and answer some of the questions children may have. The booklets have similar content but different design and are therefore listed together. They cover the following topics: What is adoption? What is a social…


Adoption – What’s it all about? (Booklet for young children)

This beautifully illustrated and interactive booklet is for young children to gain information and explanation of why some children are unable to live with their birth families, the good things about living with an adoptive family and the legal complexities of the process to adoption. It…


A younger child’s guide to adoption (booklet)

This booklet tells a story of Harry who is being adopted. Harry explains what a birth family, foster family and adoptive family is, why sometimes birth parents cannot look after their children and the good things about living with an adoptive family. He then talks about an…


Positive Adoption Conversations – Guide for Adoptive Families

This in-depth practical guide for adoptive parents provides guidance on how to talk to children about adoption. Considering all age groups, the author explores various questions adopted children are likely to have and suggests helpful strategies how to answer them. The Adoption Guide considers the following: Tips…


How to Explain Jails and Prisons to Children (Caregivers’ guide)

This booklet was written as a resource to encourage open and honest communication between children and adults. Ideally, a caregiver will read through this booklet and then use it as a guide when talking with a child about his/her parent going to jail or prison.


Telling the Children (Booklet for families of prisoners)

This Outsiders booklet provides helpful and practical information about the impact that imprisonment of a parent has on the children. The booklet covers a wide range of issues from what to say to the children, dealing with the child’s changing role in the family to…


Checklist on health (Assessment tool)

This checklist is used by social workers to identify any potential health problems a service user has and how it affects their parenting capacity. 


Get It Straight – The Facts About Drugs Facilitator & Student Guides

Get It Straight! is an informative, interactive 10-day programme designed to challenge the idea that drugs are harmless and teach the harmful health and societal effects of drug abuse. Facilitators of the programme can help younger teens make smart choices and avoid the consequences of…


Growing up drug free: A parent’s guide to prevention

‘Growing up drug free: A parent’s guide to prevention’ provides a user-friendly guide for what to do and how to communicate about the harmful effects of illicit drugs and alcohol to children from elementary through high school. It is organized in 6 major sections: How This…


Home safety check – risk assessment (Template)

This home safety check risk assessment has been originally designed for childminders however it can be also used by social workers when identifying any potential hazards/risks within a home environment of a child. It guides you to look for potential hazards in the area of…


Relationships: the good the bad & the ugly (Booklet)

A 32 page full colour booklet for young people age 14 – 20 about love, dating, sex and when love hurts. With a quiz, real stories and advice. The booklets covers the following topics: What a good relationship looks like Respect checklist Sex, trust and…


How it looks to me (Assessing wishes & feelings worksheets)

‘How it looks to me’ is an interactive and colourful booklet developed by CAFCASS to help social workers assess a child’s wishes and feelings. It invites the child to talk/draw/write about the following topics: About me (who lives with me & who doesn’t but means a…


Medikidz Explain Bedwetting Comic Book

This comic book aims to help children understand why bedwetting sometimes happens, to highlight the fact that many other children have the same experience, to help lessen fears and concerns around the condition, and to enhance confidence in knowing how to self-manage the condition. The…


Terminating cannabis dependency workbook

This 15-page workbook provides users with real and practical steps for taking control of their cannabis use, and ultimately quitting. It helps build the motivation for change, set goals and plans, and manage withdrawal. The booklet aims to help service users: build motivation to change…


Quitting cannabis workbook

This 36-page booklet provides a practical and interactive do-it-yourself guide for cannabis users who wish to quit cannabis or reduce their use. It covers the following topics Cannabis and you Preparing for change Strategies for change Managing withdrawal Putting it all together Relapse prevention


Separated Parents Information Programmes (Handbook about divorce)

Separated Parents Information Programmes handbook is designed to help parents learn more about the challenges of post-separation parenting, including the effects on children of ongoing conflict. It also  aims to provide advice and support about how best to help children in this situation and enables…


Children’s Participation Toolkit for Social Workers

The booklet contains various activities, worksheets and templates assisting social workers and early help workers to involve children in the process of assessments, intervention planning as well as conducting reviews in a positive, supportive and enabling way. The booklet is divided into chapters so they can…


When Your Brother or Sister Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens

This colourful and easy to read guide is for young people who have a brother or sister with cancer. It gives information and advice on: Ways to deal with changes the young person’s family may go through Finding support and talking with friends What the…


Lemons or Lemonade?: An Anger Workbook for Kids

This workbook is for young people 12 and younger who express their anger in ways that harm others, themselves, animals, and personal property. The workbook is especially helpful for children who have experienced complex trauma and are hurt, angry, and bereft as a result. Adults…


Lemons or Lemonade?: An Anger Workbook for Teens

This workbook is for young people 12 and younger who express their anger in ways that harm others, themselves, animals, and personal property. The workbook is especially helpful for children who have experienced complex trauma and are hurt, angry, and bereft as a result. Adults…


Checklist of parents’ / carers’ perception of the child (assessment tool)

This checklist is used by social workers to gain an understanding of the parents’ perception of their child(ren) which is crucial in identifying risk, managing decisions and identifying appropriate action/resources needed. The set of questions will enable social workers to identify whether the parents have…


Sweet Dreams at the Hospital (Coloring & activity book for children)

Sweet Dreams at the Hospital introduces young patients to where they go and what happens when they need to have anesthesia and surgery. It is specifically aimed at addressing their concerns about the unknown in an engaging, unthreatening manner, and involving them in their own…


My Going to Surgery Book (Read-along colouring book for kids)

This book is designed to help a parent and their child know what to expect on the day of surgery. It also describes ways parents can emotionally prepare their child for his or her operation. The book covers topics such as preparation for the hospital…


When a parent is depressed – what kids want to know (Guide)

This brochure will help prepare parents or social workers to take the first step in discussing depression with their child/children they work with. It guides how to answer the following questions: What is depression? How does depression work? Why does my dad act the way…


When a parent has bipolar disorder – what kids want to know (Guide)

This brochure will help prepare parents or social workers to take the first step in discussing bipolar disorder with their child/children they work with. It guides how to answer the following questions: What is bipolar disorder? How does bipolar disorder work? Why does my dad…


Safe at Home Safe Alone: Youth Activity Book

Safe at Home/Safe Alone is a workbook created to help a child get ready to stay home alone. The book is accompanied by a leader’s guide. There are four sections, each containing easy to read guides and fun activities, for the child to complete: They are:…


My Feelings Activity Book For Children 3–6 Years Old

My Feelings Activity Book was created to help very young children identify their feelings and learn how to describe them. This book is intended to be read aloud to children by parents, caregivers, preschool teachers, clergy, social workers, therapists, or by any other helping professional….


Explore your emotions – coloring & activity book

This coloring book was designed to encourage children to share their feelings with an adult. The children are encouraged to talk/write about what makes them happy, upset and worried; about things they like to do by themselves or with their family and who they like…


Pictures of My Journey – Activity book for kids with cancer

This 30-page coloring and activity book for young children has been developed by Leukemia & Lymphoma Sociate to help them cope with having cancer, talk to their doctors, express their feelings, and look forward to the future. Caregivers may find that using the book with their…


Hands Are Not for Hitting (Storybook)

Hands Are Not for Hitting is a story about alternative actions and activities that children and adults can do with their hands instead of hitting. It teaches correct use of hands in an encouraging way through the use of simple language and descriptive illustrations that…


The real story? Child sexual exploitation & sexual health resource pack

This resource has been designed and formulated to equip facilitors to effectively engage young people aged 13 and above in the subject of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Sexual Health. Contents: Background & Purpose What is Child Sexual Exploitation? Predisposing Factors Current Indicators Model For…


My living positively hand-book (Workbook for children with HIV)

A workbook for children living with HIV. This easy-read and beautifully illustrated workbook was developed by children, families, doctors, nurses, teachers, and counsellors with the goal of helping children learn about HIV, and teaching them how to live positively. Contents: All about me Who else…


Current Relationship checklist assessment tool

This checklist is used by social workers to explore their service user’s current relationships. It enables practitioners to gain the ‘facts’ about the relationship (such as when and how did they meet, how long they have lived together), their feelings and future plans about it and…


Previous relationships checklist assessment tool

This checklist is used by social workers to identify their service user’s past relationships, circumstances around them and the service user’s views of them. It also asks about children involved in these relationships.


Is it legal? A parents’ guide to the (UK) law

This booklet is for parents and carers. Its aim is to help them know when the law has something to say about their families’ day-to-day lives. Equally important, it helps them know the limits of the law. It is a reminder that whilst law permeates…


Factsheet: Education, Health and Care plans

Since 1 September 2014 statements of special educational needs and Learning Difficulty Assessments started to be replaced by Education, Health and Care plans for children and young people aged 0-25. This factsheet explains the new system.


Factsheet: Education, Health and Care needs assessments

Since 1 September 2014, Education, Health and Care plans started to replace statements of special educational needs and Learning Difficulty Assessments for children and young people aged 0-25. This factsheet explains the first step to getting an Education, Health and Care plan.