Questions youngsters need answered but are too shy to ask

Early support have made freely available a series of films which address the questions that all young people want to ask at some point. Early Support is a government funded programme that is based the National Children’s Bureau, a leading charity for children.

This is a way of working towards improvements in the service for disabled young people, youngsters and their families. It offers a framework of action for the implementation of SEND, the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, as well as making provisions for the new Children and Family Bill.

The films are aimed at disabled young people, who provided the content and who appear on-screen sharing their opinions and experiences. However, the themes will be of interest to any young person who is struggling with issues like: how to say ‘I love you’; getting work experience; and sex and relationships.

The films, made for Early Support by the young people’s group EPIC, young people from Tor View Community Special School and film-makers Youth Friendly, aim to give young people the information they have said they need, in a format that they find easy to digest.

Dr Kim Bevan, Director of Early Support, said:

“We are so excited with the reaction that these films get from young people, both with and without disabilities. The issues raised by the disabled young people who developed and appear in the films are questions that everyone will struggle with at some time or another.

Our work to communicate information and ideas more effectively from a young person’s point of view has underlined  the crucial importance of sharing the experiences of all young people as they grow and develop, as well as emphasizing the particular challenges faced by disabled young people. We hope now to attract funding to complete the series of films and cover all the subject areas that young people have told us they want addressed.”

The Early Support films are available on the Early Support YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/EarlySupportEngland