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Keeping myself safe: Practitioner’s toolkit for developing effective relationships with vulnerable young people

This guide is intended as a tool for practitioners and managers to support the process of developing effective relationships with vulnerable young people to help them keep themselves safe. It looks at professional relationships between young people and Action for Children staff, focusing on safeguarding issues such as suicide, risky relationships and self-harm. The guide highlights the qualities and skills iidentified by young people that staff, and the organisations that employ those staff, need to display to be most effective in promoting resilience in young people so that they are able to manage their own risk.

Improving outcomes for young people in, or leaving care, is a priority, both for the organisations that work with young people and politically across the UK. Young people leaving care are one of the most vulnerable groups in our society.