People in My Life
The aim of this section is to support a child or young person to think about the people in their lives. This could include people they don’t currently see (i.e. birth family), friends, carers, relatives, as well as their current ‘family unit’.
Activity One: My Family Tree
Approaches and creative ideas to help you facilitate this session.
Take an A3 blank piece of paper and ask the child or young person to draw around both of their hands at the top of the page.
Their hands will become the branches of their family tree.
Ask the child or young person to add a trunk to their tree.
Encourage them to draw images or add photographs of the people in their life as the leaves on their family tree. Ask them to add their names and their relationship to each person. For example, mum, dad, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandparent, friend, foster carer, teacher.
If the child or young person struggles to identify people in their life, you or the carer could also carry out the task and complete your family tree.
This way, the focus isn’t on the child or young person. Everyone is involved and is sharing information about themselves. This can also help the child and their carer to attune with each other.
This resource was developed by Blue Cabin, Professor Richard Rose and South Tyneside Council.