who is it for?

The toolkit can be used by any individual or organisation wanting to learn more about working with young people who have experienced the care or custody systems and about working with ‘PIE’ (Psychologically Informed Environments).

When we consulted with young people, they told us that they experienced a lack of understanding from adults in all kinds of everyday situations. From GP practices to the Jobcentre, from employers to schoolteachers  - many professionals come into contact with young people from these backgrounds and may have little insight into how their experiences make it difficult for them to engage in the same ways as some of their peers. The resources in Co Produced Resources were designed with young people, and focus on building confidence and skills in colleagues and organisations.

The toolkit also provides resources for those considering service design, with independent evaluations of all aspects of the work undertaken as part of the Future 4 Me project.

How to use it

The resources are free to use and do not require registration. They are provided for the purpose of equipping adults to work more effectively with young people who have experienced care or custody.

About the Informing Futures Toolkit

The site is divided into 5 themed sections – scroll down for a brief overview of what each one contains.

Quick links

Psychologically Informed Environments

Get to grips with the concept of PIE and access resources to help you think about what it means in your organisation.

Learn more about reflective practice, a key element of PIE, and how to embed it in your practice.


Co Produced Resources

Video resources

Young People in the Lead – watch the full version of this short film created by young people about what good support looks like.


Staff training modules

Download free to use presentations to train staff working directly with young people:

Self Assessment Tools – Use our free individual and organisational self assessment tools to find out where you can improve your practice.


Supporting Positive Mental Health

Read more about Future 4 Me’s integrated approach to promoting positive mental health, and how it worked for young people.


Trauma Informed Working

Understand the principles of trauma informed working.

Read about the Future 4 Me pilot of the Trauma Recovery Model with care leavers.

Learn about Trauma Informed approaches to accommodation services.


Integrated Working

[Establish] - How businesses & charities can work together successfully.

Building successful support teams – how a multi-disciplinary approach can benefit young people.