Supporting looked after young people with their periods
Talking about periods can present a challenge for young people, and with some children starting their periods as early as age 8, access to information and support can make a huge difference. For looked after young people, having period conversations and being prepared every month can be even more of a challenge.
Looked after young people told us:
That talking about periods can be even more difficult if they have to move placements and have not yet built a relationship with the carers
How embarrassing it can be to talk about periods with a foster carer you have only just met
Social workers told us:
There was a real need for period packs and information to be given to foster carers
That because many carers are older they weren’t always aware that the young person might need additional practical and emotional support during this time
Think2Speak worked alongside Ellie, a care experienced young person, to create this leaflet. Ellie felt it would be really useful to have some simple information to remind carers of the needs of young people during their period. Ellie provided brilliant suggestions for the content and design, based on their own and others’ experiences.
The leaflets are to be used and shared with anybody who is looking after a young person; it can be used as a period conversation starter or to encourage carers to create their own ‘period box’ which can be easily accessed by the young people they are looking after.
We welcome your feedback on this leaflet and any suggestions for future resources. The leaflet can be downloaded below and free printed copies can be ordered online using the form below.