All About Me frequently asked questions
These frequently asked questions have been created to answer any questions you might have in relation to the All About Me Creative Experiences.
If you have any questions which aren't covered here, or recommendations for information you would like to see included, please email Bronwen Smith.
Who facilitates All About Me Creative Experiences?
This journey will be facilitated by an Artist and a Pastoral Social Worker / Therapeutic Social Worker.
There will be six sessions in total, as well as an introduction session, each lasting 90 minutes. Sessions from September 2022 will either be facilitated on-line or happen in a face-to-face group session.
Other children and young people and their supporting adults will be there too.
There will be up to 15 children / young people and adults in the space.
Your child / young person will have the chance to create something as part of each session.
When do All About Me Creative Experiences begin?
Creative Experiences will start after the October half term 2022 and happen across 2022/23.
Which Artist will my child or young person work with?
This will depend on the artists Darlington has been allocated and the age range of children/young people who have been nominated to take part by Social Workers.
Once you have been assigned to and artist/session your child/young persons Social Worker will be in touch to see if this work for you both.
You can learn more about All About Me Artists by visiting each of the following pages:
Does the child / young person I support need to attend every session?
Each session has a different theme (such as who am I? How do I feel?).
It is important that a child or young person attends the 7 sessions (in total) with your support and with the encouragement of the Artist and Pastoral Social Worker / Therapeutic Social Worker from beginning to end.
What happens if the child or young person I support will not engage in the Creative Experiences at all?
The child or young person may not be ready, and we will respect this decision.
The option will be given to the child to take part later.
The child / young person will also have the option to have their All About Me journey facilitated by a key adult, rather than the Artist.
What happens if the child or young person doesn't want to share their private memories during a group creative experience?
It is the choice of the child or young person how much or how little they share.
They will not be pressured to over share if they feel uncomfortable with this.
As a supporting adult, we would encourage you to continue conversations with the child or young person, in a different space (eg at home) between All About Me Creative Experience sessions.