Launch of the Informing Futures Toolkit
We are delighted to formally launch the Informing Futures toolkit.!
The Informing Futures Toolkit is a free, online resource aimed at those working with care and custody experienced young people (www.informingfutures.co.uk). The toolkit was produced by 1625 Independent People and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, as a legacy resource to share the learning from the Future 4 Me programme delivered by 1625ip and their partners (2012 to 2019).
Who is this resource for?
Anyone who works with, or supports, young people with experience of care or custody. This could include, but is not limited to: foster carers, support workers, social care workers, teachers, healthcare workers, employers, criminal justice workers, youth workers & housing workers.
Anyone who designs, influences or commissions services for young people. The toolkit includes evidence and evaluations which demonstrate the effectiveness of psychologically informed and trauma informed models of working.
Why is this resource needed?
In England, an estimated 10,000 young people aged between 16 and 18 leave care each year, and over 27,000 children are involved in the criminal justice system. If you work with children and young people, in any sector, you are very likely to encounter individuals with experience of the care or custody systems. The Informing Futures toolkit provides a range of resources to help inform successful work with these young people.
Many young people have positive experiences of care and make the transition to independent adulthood successfully. However research shows that, as a group, those who have experienced care and/or custody will be disadvantaged across a range of measures, including mental and physical health, educational attainment, and future earning potential. The Informing Futures toolkit provides a range of resources to help you to help young people to change their outcomes in these areas.
Adopting a strengths based trauma informed approach to working with young people who have experienced trauma is vital to avoid exacerbating the challenges they already face. The Informing Futures toolkit provides a range of resources to help inform successful relationship building and support with these young people.
What is in the toolkit?
The toolkit contains 5 themed sections:
- Psychologically Informed Environments – information and resources to help organisations and individuals adopt, or build on, a PIE
- Co-Produced Resources – Training modules, self assessment tools and short films, co-designed with young people, to equip individuals and organisations with the skills they need to work effectively with care and custody experienced young people
- Supporting Positive Mental Health – information & case studies about the effectiveness of integrating mental health support into non-clinical settings
- Trauma Informed Working – resources on the use of the Trauma Recovery Model and Trauma Informed Approaches in supported accommodation
- Integrated Working – Exploration of the successful ‘Establish’ corporate/charity partnership, and findings on the effectiveness of Multi Disciplinary Teams in a range of support settings
The toolkit also contains information about 1625ip, the Future 4 Me project, Future 4 Me partners, and a section for funders & commissioners which brings together key information.
Feedback from those who have previewed the site
“Brilliant! Really relevant. Precise and thorough but organised in a way that is accessible and not overwhelming”
“Brilliant use of the young people’s voice throughout, keeps it focused on what the work is about”
“Excellent – easy to navigate around, fantastic resources, great for training a new team”
“Totally intuitive, easy to navigate and full of the most useful tools that not only will benefit those working with care leavers – but also others with complex needs”
“This is just what I need – I want to use it with my team right away!”