What is the difference between children's 'needs' and children's 'wants'? How should parents respond to the changing demands of their children? Do different children need the same things? Kids Need..., an attractively illustrated set of cards and instruction booklet, is an innovative tool for practitioners involved in the assessment of children in need.
Designed to fit the British government's 'common assessment framework' for the assessment of children in need, these cards present a creative and distinctive approach to assessing parenting and working with families and carers to explore perceptions of what children really need. The cards are divided into 'children need', 'children sometimes need' and 'children don't need' with a range of circumstances such as 'a room of their own', 'to be believed', 'to make mistakes' and 'to visit family and friends'. These scenarios help parents reflect on their parenting style and methods.
Mark Hamer is a social worker in child protection who works on the Option 2 programme in Cardiff - an intensive intervention programme to assist families in which parents have a problem with substance misuse - which was awarded a national Community Care award for its innovative work. He has written a number of books on social work and child care.
This collection of 48 beautifully illustrated cards are designed as a practical and creative tool to help children understand their emotional literacy. The cards bring to life two central characters, a little girl and boy who share and express a range of intensive feelings, both practical and difficult. With the pictures are suggested phrases to use as conversation starters, such as: Sometimes I feel like fighting for what I believe in sometimes I can't decide what to choose Sometimes I feel like singing to the morning Sometimes I... More info
Seek enlightenment and direction through the ancient Dreamtime. Aboriginal Dreaming Totems have been used for thousands of years as a way of seeking advice. The use of totems is not fortune-telling in the sense that you actually see the future – instead, the dreaming totems provide the user with a means of analysing questions and seeking answers about a likely outcome. The future is not fixed and you have the power to change it as you see fit. If you do not like the prediction, then you can choose an... More info
Body signals are sometimes called our ‘early warning signs’; they let us know immediately when we feel stressed or unsafe. That’s why they’re crucial for protective behaviours, trauma-informed practice or simply for navigating everyday life. Recognising and managing body signals helps build emotional and mental resilience—whether it is pre-schoolers transitioning to big school, young people navigating relationships, or adults dealing with life’s ups and downs. This marvellous mob of meerkat characters will help people of any age tune into their body signals and build a vocabulary to describe them. Pick cards... More info