Being me - supporting children and young people in care

What keeps children in care happy, healthy and well? Care-experienced children and young people worked with RCPCH &Us to create these free resources, including 'passports', a poster and games to help share who they are, how they are feeling and what support they would like - as well as top tips for doctors.
Being Me (letters spelled out in playdough)

The Being Me resources were developed over five months through workshops and activity sessions with more than 20 Children in Care Council members at Warrington Borough Council and Knowsley Council and with RCPCH &Us. They were launched at the Child Protection Special Interest Group session at RCPCH Conference and exhibition in May 2019.

What do children say?

The project started by thinking about the key things needed for children and young people to be emotionally and physically healthy, happy and well. They said...

Doctors need to remember that sometimes children’s hearts are broken

We need to know how to sleep more, how to stay calm, how to eat well and to be more active to stay well

We need someone to talk to about our sad feelings

Emojis are an easy and fun way for us to tell doctors how we are feeling when we can’t fully explain or don’t want to. Children can point to an emoji or draw with their doctor

About the resources

The group shared ideas and views on improving waiting areas, improving the use of technology and creating better online resources. They then developed the Being Me resources to help patients to talk with their doctors and nurses.

Being Me poster: "Here are some feelings you might like to share. You can write or draw on the other side and add your own." Children's drawings of emotions such as 'Happiness', 'Anger' and 'Isolated'
Being Me poster - you can download this below

The materials were designed and developed by the Children in Care Council members to help other children and young people like themselves to share their feelings, to talk about their experiences and to get the best health outcomes possible. 

You can download the toolkit for free below, or for more details, please contact and_us@rcpch.ac.uk