How to include young people

Using one-page profiles to include all children

Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis introduces Jo, Pete and their friends in this short animation.

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How to include young disabled people

It’s fun when everyone can take part

We all have things that make us happy, different skills and sometimes need support from other people.

Jo, Pete and their friends have all completed a one-page profile (Word document, 734kb) to tell us more about themselves. One-page profiles are a great help in getting to know someone!

They are an easy way to share information that is useful for other people in a group to know. They are split into four parts:
  • A photo of me or a picture I like
  • What people like about me
  • What makes me happy
  • How best to support me
Create a one-page profile (Word document, 734kb) with children and young people and others who know them well – these could be family, friends or other people who support them. It’s best to do this as a group. Download a template, make your own or use some of the great templates Sheffkids have created. 

Take a look at each character’s one-page profile. You may want to watch the film a couple of times and focus on one character at a time. Here are some ideas to get you started:

What people like about me

  • Talk about what other people like about each of the characters. Chat about whether they are similar to young people in the group or their friends or family.
  • Roll a ball to each other. Everyone says what they like and admire about the person they are rolling the ball too. Write these things down.
  • Tape a piece of paper to each person’s back. Move around the room. Everyone writes what they like and admire about each person on the paper. Share what was written as a group.

What makes me happy

  • Talk about what makes each of the characters happy. What makes the young people in your group happy? Do they like some of the same things as characters in the film?
  • Draw a picture of what makes a ‘good day’. Ask the young people to think about who they’ll see, what they would do and where they would go. Have some images from magazines to help.
  • Get into groups. Act out in ‘freeze frame’ what makes me happy for each of the young people in the group. Write key points from the role plays down.

How best to support me

  • It may be helpful to invite people who know the young people well to get involved with this bit.
  • Talk about the support each character needs. Ask young people in your group to think about one thing that they need support with and write it down. Support can be anything, from advice to help doing something.
  • Go fishing! Have some nets to catch fish with questions or statements on that you take it in turns to answer as a group such as ‘I like it when…’, ‘I feel sad when...’

Why not?

  • Add to the profiles as the young people get to know each other and new people join your group.
  • Add a photo to the profile, or if someone doesn’t want their photo taken ask them to draw a picture or include an image they like.
  • Ask the adults to complete a profile too. This will encourage young people and is good fun.

Remember

  • Use one-page profiles to get to know the young people and each other.
  • We all change, so regularly review the profiles.
  • Make sure the information is stored safely.
  • The one-page profile belongs to each young person, so give them a copy they can take home.

Thanks to everyone

Developed with support from Cubs in The Scout Association and using one-page profile information from Helen Sanderson Associates and Sheffkids. Thank you to Warwick Davis for getting involved in the project.