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Friendship Training Resources

Our easy to use How to guide includes positive, pragmatic and replicable ideas based on good practice shared by local authorities and independent foster care agencies.

The guide is practical and solution focussed, inviting all professionals to take a fresh look at their practice and consider making simple changes to their placement planning meetings, supervision forms and children’s reviews. The guide demonstrates how adjustments can be made quickly with no costs attached to ensure that no friendship opportunities are missed for children in care, integrating children’s friendships with personal education plans and educational health care plans.

How to make your short breaks services inclusive of children’s friendships

Our free ‘How to’ guide offers a pragmatic, step by step approach to assist short breaks teams wishing to respond to disabled children’s requesting to have their short break with friends.

The guide includes a range of approaches, practical tools and forms that can be photocopied and customised to any short breaks service.

The short breaks service approaches in the guide have been piloted and evaluated by our partners City of York Council, North Yorkshire and Nottingham’s Short Breaks and Inclusion Team.

Local authorities have a vital role to play when setting out their expectations of the short breaks services they fund. By following the lead of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, they could make a significant contribution to increasing opportunities for disabled children to have friends.

Short breaks service providers will be expected to make provision for children and young people to take up their short break activities with a chosen friend who may or may not be eligible for short break provision in their own right. Follow the link on this page and read Solihull’s short break service specification in full…

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