Action for Children: expressing difficult feelings through writing

Can’t Talk, Write: helping young people to express how they feel

Downloadable work books, developed by UK charity “Action for Children”, full of activities to get young people writing

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Two toolkits: one for young people aged 11-18 years old and one for adults working with young people. Each toolkit includes printable activities and ideas to get young people writing.

The young person’s version has 10 activities. Each one encourages a different style of writing. We hope young people will find something that works for them.

The facilitators’ toolkit is for adults to use with young people. It’s divided into 10 sessions – each with an accompanying activity. The activities help young people to express their emotions, either alone or in a group.

Why writing helps

Writing is a great way to express thoughts and feelings. Getting things down on paper can really help to make sense of problems, too.

This is especially important today, as life for children and young people – particularly the most vulnerable – is increasingly complicated. Pressures at home, in school and online can have a negative impact on their emotional wellbeing.