Do you want to have deeper conversations with your children?

You want those deep conversations where you huddle round, talking about struggles. You want to be there for your child. You want your child to open up.


what can help

You're struggling...

You want to talk to the child about his emotions... but you don't know how to do it in a way that doesn't scare him.

Or you wonder how to do it in a way that he understands. He's just a child! 

In this call, you will:

  • Understand what are the principles to help children to open up
  • Take away concrete actions to help children express themselves better 
  • Find out about how innovative methods have helped children to be more honest about their emotions 

We will :

Share the principles of emotional connection with children

How do you be together with your child, without them feeling squeamish and scared off? How do you spend quality time?

Discuss your questions

Tired of one-way Zoom sessions? This is not a one-way Zoom session. This is two-way. Bring your questions and we will answer them. 

Show how the kitbag has opened up conversations

The kitbag (below) is a multi sensory tool that has helped open up precious conversations. Here's what it is, and how it's been done. 

Who's speaking

Dr Margaret Hannah

Dr Margaret Hannah is the Director of Health Programmes at the International Futures Forum, an educational charity based in Scotland. 


What others say

Professor Gillian Ruch

Professor of Social Work in the Department of Social Work and Social Care at the University of Sussex

Appropriate child-centred materials are a vital tool for making initial contact with children and building up the required levels of trust, so it really is concerning that many social workers don’t have these materials to hand for their day-to-day work.

John Lim

Social Worker

Simply fantastic!

I used this initially with a new service user I had seen in a tense environment, and she started laughing. 

The kitbag is beautiful to touch, and a simply fantastic resource.

What's the kitbag?

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Developed by the International Futures Forum, the kitbag engages all 5 senses to encourage children to feel safe whilst talking about their emotions. 

Opens up conversations. 

Through tools such as the talking stick at the side, popularised by Stephen Covey in his book '7 Habits of Highly Effective People', the kitbag encourages turn taking and safety within conversations. 

Expresses emotions previously inexpressible. 

Talking through items like the finger puppets, children can express emotions they have no words for. 

Encourages play. 

With animal cards, feelings cards, and a soft exterior, it encourages children to open up the kitbag, and play with it.