Looked After Children According to the Department of Health for Northern Ireland a child is looked after by an authority if he/she/they are in their care or if he/she/they have been provided with accommodation for a continuous period of more than 24 hours. Children are taken into care for a variety of reasons, the most common being to protect a child from abuse or neglect. In other cases their parents could be absent or may not have the capacity to parent due to disability or illness. At Verbal we work in partnership with organisations, statutory agencies, schools,charities and funders to create a safe space for children and young people including those at risk or in care. We bring the potential of storytelling in all its forms to life in our communities and offer a signposted and safe way into, and through, difficult conversations. We do this with our trusted and tested programmes, programmes that have been co-designed by young people based on what they believe would be beneficial to young people their age with Verbal helping to turn their ideas into a programme. Our Verbal Wellbeing Programme is specifically for Looked after young people who are under the care of the Health and Social Care Looked After Care team. Our aim is to to develop Healthy Relationships and Building Resilience and Capacity We can do this in a Group setting or 1:1 session Duration: 12 sessions, each session lasting 1 hour Aim: Direct intervention that will enable young people to engage, connect and to establish trust and a sense of safety so they can start to build trusting and supportive networks with others. Through the programme, the young people gain a deeper understanding of their own emotional wellbeing and how to choose positive coping strategies to help regulate their emotions for the future. This is focused on enhancing their emotional wellbeing, so they feel empowered to take control of their own mental health.