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Understanding Feelings and Emotions

This section provides practitioners with resources to help the child/young person (CYP) express their feelings and emotions to an adult with whom they have a trusted relationship. At times it is difficult to name the emotions being felt and talk about how they can make you feel. The activities here help the CYP identify how they are feeling, what that looks like, what it means, why the feelings are there and allows them to ask for help if they want.

The following list of resources and tools is not exhaustive, but a starting point for practitioner work:

Anger Workbook

Use the Anger Workbook to support a young person to begin to understand and recognise anger and ways in which they can try and manage this.

Template 1

Template 2

All About Me Workbook

Use this bright and colourful workbook to find out more about a child/young person as well as their feelings and emotions.


Emoji Faces

Use cartoon faces to support a child/young person to express how they feel about a person, action, activity etc.


Emoji Feelings Chart

Use this chart to understand a child/young person's feelings on a daily basis through the use of emojis.


Emotion Scale

Use scale scoring for a range of emotions including anger and anxiety.


Feelings Contract

A young person can write out a contract with themselve to show how they will manage a range of feelings including anger, hurt and sadness.


Feelings or Emotions Jars

Use jars filled with coloured salt to represent how often a child/young person feels about a parrticular feeling or emotion.

Guidance notes

A Mind Jar is a meditation tool to use whenever a child or young person feels stressed, overwhelmed or upset. As the contents of the jar settles, so do their thoughts and allows them to relax and feel calmer.

Guidance notes

Feelings Workbook

Use this workbook to help and support young people to recognise and name their emotions and be able to express what is happening for them.


Mind of My Own One App

Are you working with a child/young person open to Social Care or Early Help?  The ‘Mind of My Own One App’ is a great way for them to let their workers within Social Care or Early Help to know how they are, if they’ve got any problems, what is going on for them at home and if they don’t feel safe. 

Information Sheet


Worry Monsters

The use of Worry Monsters is a great way of helping children deal with things that are upsetting them or making them anxious.

Guidance notes

Worry Monster Poem

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