Extract from NACCC Spotlight News – helping children express their feelings

“Buzz my feeling” sensory boxes developed in partnership to help children express their feelings


Yorkshire Children’s Centre and Families Forward have been working in partnership to further develop how we ensure that the child and young people’s voices are heard during contact proceedings. The main aim is to enable our teams to increase their support of families by encouraging children and young people to explore and express their feelings.

We have researched and taken on board information from the work of the Family Justice Young People’s Board to develop our “buzz my feeling” boxes. The boxes encourage children to express their feelings interactively as they are bright, attractive, sensory boxes that spark the interest of children. These boxes support children who may lack the confidence to verbalise their emotions and feelings. For example, if children are not happy with something then we hope this tool allows staff and parents to recognise and hear the ‘child’s voice’ sooner, so the matter can be addressed and appropriate encouragement, reassurance or other relevant follow-up can take place.

Feedback from the tool has been that given the opportunity children have been more open and talkative about their feelings which has in turn allowed staff to provide additional support and allowed the child’s voice to be heard more within the contact centre process. Yorkshire Children’s Centre and Families Forward are extremely happy with how these are supporting children and look forward to continuing to work in partnership do develop further ideas.




  • The majority of people who have attended are happy they came and say that they felt it was helpful. Here are some quotes from people who have previously attended the course:

    I found the atmosphere at Families Forward warm and welcoming. All the staff worked sensitively and helped contact move on to where me and my ex partner have put our differences aside and we know make our own arrangements for contact. I recommend Families Forward to any parent who finds it difficult to see their children no matter how hard it may seem.

    The service is amazing and I can’t tell you how much it helped me. Only wish you had a greater influence in Court

    I was very happy with Families Forward. My worker was great with my child

    The biggest thank you ever for everything that you have done. You knew what to sat ay the right time. I have been guided and kept sane at times and learnt to take focus. You are all a credit to the Centre.