My Network Hand8 likes
Audience: children, parents and carers and healthcare professionals
My network hand is an activity that will help children to identify a support system that they can use if they need help. It requires them to identify ‘network people’ such as parents or guardians, family members, teachers, and so on. The network people should be adults they trust and who listen to them.
This can be used as a tool for safeguarding or simply to open a conversation about the key people in a child’s life and how they can support the child’s health needs. The ideas it is designed to facilitate conversations are about:
- We all have the right to feel safe all the time
- We can talk with someone about anything, even if it feels awful or small
There are a number of ways to do this activity, the best is for the child to draw around their own hand, but you can use the template attached. The trsuted adults should not all be family members but a variety the ensures coverage across different places and times, so that a child is able to identify someone to go to talk to.
Adapted from the ‘Family Planning Tool Victoria 2016’ and Ann Seal protective behaviours training