Question: Dear DFO
I am hoping to deliver the young people’s Dementia Friends Information Session but I’m unsure about using the Action Mailers, can we use those for all ages or are there issues around collecting data of children? How can I evidence their actions?
Hannah’s answer: Dear Champion,
Great question and you are absolutely correct to be cautious about children’s data. The answer depends on the age of the group; please see below for the appropriate option:
For 6-10 year olds:
Please download our ‘tell us your action’ slips for 6-10 year olds from the website and hand these out. Encourage the children to write/draw their action(s) on these slips.
For the 11 – 13 year olds:
Use the ‘tell us about your action’ slips for 11 – 13 year olds, also on the website. These include some suggested actions.
Both of these slips are not to be posted to the Dementia Friends team but we still want to gather evidence of the impact your sessions are having. So at the end of the session please take a photo of the slips laid out on a table (at a resolution that we can read them!), or make a list of the names, age, and actions and pop them in an email to your DFO.
For the over 13 year olds:
In most cases the normal Action Mailers can be used, but this depends on which version of the Action Mailer you have.
Where you cannot use the Action mailer, please substitute with the 11-13 year old slips.
There are 3 different versions in circulation, here’s what they are and what you should do if you have that version:
- V1 Includes a ‘Text us your action’ section and makes no reference to age – Only hand out to young people 16 and above
- V2 Text us your action has been replaced with ‘if you are under the age of 16 please check this box and do not complete the personal details section below’ – Hand out to young people 14 and above
- V3 Asks if the person is under 18 and if so to provide their date of birth – Hand out to young people 14 and above
Return completed Action Mailers to us in the usual way within the freepost envelope.
For more detail I’d recommend reading the guideline “Children’s Action Mailer instructions” which you can find on the website under Session Resources>Session Planning. If you are not sure what resource to use with gathering and recording action please contact your DFO!