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Services and supports

Services and Supports

Children’s perspectives and understandings regarding services and supports were gathered by the P4P project team carrying out surveys with 1274 children aged 8-12 years and 13-18 years in schools within particular regions of Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Romania and the UK.

Services and supports come in many forms, beginning for some children and young people, from people within their family. For other children and young people, their families are not safe places and they access services and supports outside of their families.

To help explore services and supports, materials have been designed in 3 separate tasks. Complete each, accessing supporting materials through the links.

Task 1: Supporting parents and families


We have devised a quiz that aims to explore your own views about the roles, responsibilities and rights of parents. It will take 10 minutes to complete. Press here to download the quiz.

Having completed the quiz, we have devised another exercise that helps you to reflect on families within the community because we know that children access supports and services in their community. Press here to download the exercise.

Task 2: Community supports


Eco-maps can be used in your professional practice with children and families to help assess, and find necessary supports, for the family. These include health, welfare, employment and other appropriate services. To help improve appreciation of what community supports might be available, download and complete the following activity. Press here

Task 3: How I can make a difference and become a supportive professional


We have devised an exercise that invites you to consider how you can strengthen your practice in this area. Press here to download the exercise.

Some videos regarding children’s own views on supports and services can be accessed here


Children and young people have told us that they need information about where they can go for help. Professionals also need this information.  

Click on the map to download the signposting leaflet in the language of your choice.

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