Practical Resource handbooks

Practical Resource handbooks

We need to talk about Pornography

We need to talk about Pornography by Vanessa Rogers

Exploring topics ranging from sexting, revenge porn and the law to relationship boundaries and sexual stereotypes, this practical teaching resource facilitates discussion on the difficult issues surrounding the potential impact and influence of pornography on young people.


'This is such an important subject! Pornography threatens the quality, not only of young people's sexual relationships, but of all their relationships. This book is well-informed, responsible, challenging and full of helpful ideas for teachers and youth workers to use.'

Nick Luxmoore, Author of Horny and Hormonal Young People, Sex and the Anxieties of Sexuality

''We need to help young people make sense of porn and to question it, rather than leave their sex and relationships education to the pornographers. This excellent teaching pack contains a wide range of group learning activities covering what porn is, the impact it can have, consensual and appropriate relationships, body image, sexting and online bullying. Guidance and practical tips are given so secondary teachers and youth workers can be confident about dealing with what can be an emotive subject and help young people keep safe, maintain their self respect and behave in caring ways towards others. Highly recommended.'

'A much needed resource for all PSHE teachers. We Need to Talk about Pornography delivers a practical and engaging resource to address a sensitive and challenging subject with your students.'


Author: Vanessa Rogers

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Language: English

Genre: Society, Politics and Philosophy ; Social Sciences ; Youth Worker Resources ; Working with Young People

Cyberbullying, Activities to Help Children and Teens to Stay Safe in a Texting, Twittering, Social Networking World

Cyberbullying by Vanessa Rogers

Children and teenagers text, network and twitter online as second nature, but when emails or texts are used to threaten, harass, intimidate or embarrass someone, they can turn from being a source of enjoyment to a source of crippling anxiety and fear.


Youth in Mind (Winter 2011)

This is a useful little book which largely consists of exercises to facilitate discussion or thought about the use of the Internet. Although the title is cyberbullying, the exercises are broader and look at safety and well as bullying.

The exercises are set up for groups and, as such, are most likely to be useful in schools, youth groups or similar. However, with some thought they could be adapted and used with individual young people too.

School Librarian Journal (Winter 2010)

This booklet has a range of very useful practical activities to be used with young people to raise their awareness of cyberbullying and how to stay safe online. The issues are clearly outlined in the introduction, with short explanations of how a range of media from mobile phones to chat rooms and websites can be exploited in different ways by the cyberbully. There is a helpful section on drawing up a code for acceptable online behaviour. The activities, with their accompanying worksheets, are simple yet effective and well thought out, and sure to provoke good discussion. There are warm up and review exercises as well as longer activities, using scenarios which will be familiar to all young people. They are ideal for pupils from Key Stage 3 upwards, and some could be adapted for even younger children.

This is an invaluable resource for the school librarian who delivers e-safety lessons as part of a wider information literacy programme, or as an addition to the library's professional collection for ICT and PSHE Teachers.

Reviewed by: Marianne Bradnock

Library Journal

Child Rearing

"Teacher and youth-worker Rogers has compiled an excellent primer for adults to use with young people in understanding and evaluating the risks of various online behaviors. She begins with a concise look at cyber bullying, outlining the perceived security of the perp that goes with anonymity and the resulting fear of the victim, who is unable to identify a bully; the 24-hour access of cyberbullying, resulting in little refuge, even in previously safe zones; and the peer pressure to have many “friends” in online social networking sites, opening up kids to impersonators and frauds. She gives excellent activities to do with children and young adults to help them understand the issues involved and launch poignant discussions among peers, such as providing various profiles of people and having the group evaluate the appropriateness of adding this person to their network of contacts. Any adult who works with young people would be wise to implement these activities, probably as early as age ten. Highly and unequivocally recommended."

ForeWord Reviews

"Teens and children text, network, twitter, and tweet in ever-growing numbers. Increasingly, they share their activities, feelings, and pictures with numerous “friends” on social networking Web sites. But also increasing are problems arising from digital communications, including cyberbullying, whereby the technology is misused to threaten, harass, humiliate, or embarrass.
Cyberbullying helps parents and professionals who work with young people develop guidelines to educate them about the safe use of the Internet and what to do when they feel uneasy or threatened.
Vanessa Rogers, a teacher and youth work consultant in England, gives real-life examples of cyberbullying and offers activities that professionals and parents can do with groups of young people or individuals to educate them about online behavior. The book is divided into three sections: “Warm-Ups,” “Activities,” and “Reviews.” All use interactive exercises to teach children and teens about the many facets of cyberbullying and what they can do to avoid being a victim or participant in this destructive phenomenon.
While some cyberbullying is intentional—an unflattering picture posted on Facebook, a hurtful rumor passed along in a chat room, an unkind comment about a classmate on a social networking site—other unintentional but thoughtless remarks or jokes can quickly turn into a rapidly circulated source of pain for someone. This book gives many examples that teach young people about their responsibility when using the Internet and provides tools to help young people avoid being the bully or the bullied.
“Young people can utilize a vast range of digital communication tools to share experiences and keep in touch in a way that way that previous generations could only imagine,” Rogers writes. “However, there is a darker side to this shiny new digital world which cannot be ignored.”
Rogers is the author of several other resource books for adults who work with young people, including Work with Young Women and Work with Young Men, also from Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Cyberbullying helps to head off dangerous encounters online and is suitable for parents of children and teens and adults working with young people in youth clubs or school. A good reference book for a public, school, or home library, it is written in easy-to-understand language, with helpful examples of situations that can arise and positive, safe ways to deal with them."

Reviewed by: Penny Hastings

Fostering Newsletter

"Children and teenagers text, network and twitter online as second nature but when emails or texts are used to threaten, harass, intimidate or embarrass someone, they can turn from being a source of enjoyment to a source of crippling anxiety and fear.

This approachable book is packed with advice, games and activities for groups and individuals to help young people understand what cyberbullying is, how they should behave online and how they can stay safe. The activities range form quizzes and competitions to storyboard games and art activities. Cyber bullying covers issues such as how easily personal information can be forwarded, the risks posed by unknown 'friends' on social networking sites, and how to discuss and deal with bullying issues. They are designed to encourage young people to think about their own behaviour and attitudes and give them the skills and knowledge to stay safe in a digital world.

This essential book is particularly suited to children and teems aged 11+. It will be an invaluable resource for parents, carers, teachers, youth workers and anyone working with young people who could be exposed to cyberbullying."

Working With Young Women

Working With Young Women by Vanessa Rogers

Packed with fun sessions and practical group activities, Work with Young Women presents a multitude of opportunities for young women to build self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness.


I run a girl's youth club in Leicestershire and your books and resourcs have been invaluable to us. They are clear and very user-friendly, especially helpful for our junior leaders as we spend the majority of our time developing social skills.

Fiona Burke,  IG Girls UK, January 2012

NSPCC Online Library Review

"A collection of ideas for practical sessions and group activities which present opportunities for young women to build self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness. The author offers ideas for a wide range of projects, games, discussions, drama, role-play, art activities, and life story work to engage and motivate young women. Issues covered include body image, positive relationships, bullying, personal safety and healthy lifestyles. This second edition has been updated and includes a new section on gender and stereotyping. Also includes guidelines for facilitating effective group work, ideas on how to get started, and evaluation techniques. The activities are appropriate for all young women aged 13 to 19, and includes suggestions for those who have special educational needs and adaptations for one-to-one work."

Community Practitioner

"This book contains a cornucopia of ideas to keep a group of young women entertained for hours. It has been developed out of the author's many years as a teacher and youth worker, and is an ideal companion for those new to delivering personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).
The book is well structured and very easy to follow. It starts with the basics - how to form a viable group, what is the optimum size of this group and how to agree ground rules. It then moves on to describe icebreaking games and warm-up activities. Nurses will recognise the 'forming, storming, norming, performing' elements of group dynamics.
Issues covered are general 'self themes, such as personal values and body image and self-esteem, healthy lifestyles, relationships, gender and stereotypes, anger and conflict management, through to action planning for positive change. There are plenty of ideas for discussions based on role play, card games, quizzes and even Jenga. The scenarios are realistic, thought provoking and supportive. It is not exactly a behaviour change model, as this is education, and plainly the understanding is that the young woman would choose to re-evaluate and change her outlook.
There are some interesting themes touched upon - gender stereotyping around jobs and careers, sex and the media, women in society, women in parliament and International Women's Day, though perhaps not enough about the place of women in developing countries.
The 'healthy lifestyles' chapter covers stress, smoking, alcohol, risk-taking behaviour, healthy eating and drugs. There is an excellent idea of increasing knowledge and access to health services using a treasure hunt game.
The usefulness of this book is that the practitioner who is asked to do one or two lessons on a subject could quickly check what has already been covered, and then deliver an effective, evidence-based session."

Reviewed by: Ros Godson, Unite/CPHVA Professional Officer
Date: 1st June 2010

Working With Young Men

Working With Young Men by Vanessa Rogers

Working with Young Men offers a wealth of positive group activities to engage, motivate and meet the needs of young men.


Children & Young People Now

The second edition of this book explores how practitioners can prepare for almost every situation associated with young men. Author and Youth Work Now contributor Vanessa Rogers offers assistance on planning sessions, builds in activities to explore specific topics, then reminds the practitioner throughout to think about outcomes and the next steps for young men.

The Fatherhood Institute

"Working with Young Men; activities for exploring personal, social and emotional issues' isn't specifically directed at young fathers but contains useful exercises through which young dads can explore father-relevant issues, including expressing emotions, risk-taking, masculinities, and so on."

Community Practitioner

"This is a well thought out compilation of activities that would go down well with different groups of young men. It is evident that the author has been teaching for some time, and is aware of class and student dynamics. This is evidenced by the descriptions included of the lessons, with explanation about where to place the pupils or how to engage with them. Each lesson provides an aim and a detailed explanation of 'how to do it', talking the prospective teacher through many of the pitfalls that could otherwise cause them to be tripped up, such as 'blowing a whistle' after a five-minute task to indicate 'time up'.
The plans are not overly prescriptive and are in essence a list of guidelines to deliver the session well when using the provided handouts. The handouts can be copied for use within these lessons, and this makes the job of the prospective teacher easier as it prevents them having to trawl the internet for other similar free-to-use worksheets. What this book does is bring these resources all together with advice and guidance on how best to utilise them. Due to the fact that there are so many different sessions included, it should be possible for practitioners to develop and deliver some sort of sessions appropriate for most groups of young men.
This book is a useful tool that brings together much work that I have acquired through my career from other locations. The suggested lesson plans and delivery ideas would be invaluable for new teachers or other practitioners such as newly-qualified school nurses. Many of the activities could be used for young women as well, and this would be a useful resource for schools and youth organisations."

Reviewed by: Paul Watson, Specialist community public health nurse in school nursing, Lincolnshire NHS Shared Services
Date: 1st July 2010

"Work with Young Men" offers a wealth of positive group activities to engage, motivate and meet the needs of young men. Designed to help them improve their self-esteem, raise confidence and develop leadership skills, this book is full of fun and imaginative games and activities that explore issues such as anger, peer pressure, risk-taking and emotional health and well-being. This second edition is fully revised and updated to include 22 new activities ranging from creative warm-ups that develop communication skills to visualising anger through painting and exploring positive relationships through quizzes and group work. This book will be a resource that will be used again and again by anyone working with young men, including youth workers, teachers, pupil Youth Offending Teams and voluntary sector youth leaders."

Games and Activities for Exploring Feelings

Games and Activities for Exploring Feelings by Vanessa Rogers

This is a fun, imaginative and creative resource designed to help children aged 7-13 get thinking and talking about their feelings and the issues that affect their lives. It is packed full with games and activities that help children explore their emotions and express themselves positively. Activities surrounding issues such as peer relationships and friendships, bullying, offending, participation and citizenship are designed to build self-esteem, raise aspirations and increase motivation.


This book could well help bridge the wide gap for resources for older children.  Each activity is clearly explained, with sections covering the aim, what is needed and how to do it. Many of the activities include pages that can be photocopied; and fun activities include My Home, Feeling Valued, Follow the Crowd and Jealous Bag.

Roger Day, Play Therapy, 2012.

What makes this book so useful is that these resources are accompanied by a clear aim and methodology for using each resource, almost akin to a lesson plan.

Familiarity with its contents will enable teachers / counsellors to design a programme specifically for the needs of vulnerable children.

Emma Raughter, Guidance Counsellor, Kilcoole, Co.Wicklow, Ireland. Reviewed for National Centre for Guidance in Education, Winter 2012.


Author: Vanessa Rogers

Publisher: National Youth Agency

Language: English

Genre: Society, Politics and Philosophy ; Social Sciences ; Youth Worker Resources ; Working with Young People

All The Right Connections

All The Right Connections by Vanessa Rogers
0 86155 2776

Working one-to-one with young people or in small groups? This book offers a wide range of photocopiable worksheets, activities and discussion tools to enable conversations about everything from offending behaviour and anger management to developing peer friendships and building confidence to make healthy choices.

Ideal for mentors, community support workers and targeted support, the book contains specific activities for actively engaging young people at risk of exclusion.

Let's Talk Relationships

Let's Talk Relationships by Vanessa Rogers

Encouraging young people to talk about sensitive relationship issues is rarely easy, but this book will smooth the process.

Featuring some 90 activities split into five categories, there's something to suit every age and ability range, as well as some sound advice drawn from the author's ten years of youth work experience. This book will help make both group work and one-on-one sessions valuable, educational and enjoyable, both for the young people and for you. 


Youth Support Worker (July 2012)

I bought Vanessa's book 'Let's Talk Relationships' to use with young people in Brazil who had moved from favelas in central Rio to a rural setting on the outskirts of the city. I am extremely glad I made the purchase! This book helped me throughout my time working with young people in Brazil, especially when I was asked to design a sex and relationships course. The great variety of activities, clear layout and detailed yet straightforward guidance was invaluable. The majority of activities worked really well in a cross-cultural environment. There really is something for everyone in this book!

Sophia Davies, Youth Support Worker in Charge, Youth Connexions


Counselling Children and Young People (March 2011)

Reviewed by Jenny Bloomer MBACP, (counsellor / psychotherapist)

The author of this book has invaluable experience of working with young people and has produced a resource of activities that exudes enthusiasm and creativity. Her understanding of the difficulties faced by young people today is demonstrated by the way these are addressed in different chapters. The activities aim to increase communication between young people, their parents, teachers and youth workers and to develop personal insight, wellbeing, and importantly the safety of young people.

Initially, the aims of the five main sections of the book are succinctly set you (and this new edition has around 10 new activities per section), after which the reader is offered important and helpful guidelines when considering a potential group, addressing the issues of ground rules, boundaries, respect, participation and, finally, the evaluation process that involves all group members.

Getting to Know Each Other – the first of the main chapters – offers many different ways of helping the participants feel comfortable in the group setting and supported by each other as well as by the facilitator. The next chapter, Friendships and Peer Groups, aims to develop awareness about the undesirability of bullying, from both the receiving and delivering ends. Positive and negative aspects of friendships are also explored in this chapter – very important for young teens who can be so vulnerable in their teens

Living at Home is addressed sensitively, and all of us who have or have had teenagers know how difficult this time can be, while those of us who work with them also know the difficulties they may experience. Practical help is also offered in this chapter for preparation towards living independently. Needless to say, the chapter Love, Sex and All That, is vital – full of sensible and understanding food for thought! In her introduction, the author suggests that the activities in Evaluations and Endings chapter ‘encourage young people to celebrate their achievements and help identify further needs’ – which sum it up accurately.

Each section of each chapter suggests the optimum number of group participants, with quickly accessible ‘Aims’, ‘What you will Need’ and ‘How to do it’ for each activity. Throughout, there are questionnaires for the participant to fill in, tick-boxes, quizzes, fact sheets, stories and cards. Many of these can be photocopied and are therefore useful. At the end of the book, there are relevant websites, including two Australian ones.

I feel sure anyone working with young people would find this a beneficial and accessible resource. For those working with difficult youngsters who would not fit into and group and for parents who are finding communication difficult with their teenager(s), there are many varied ideas from which they too could choose.

Counselling Children and Young People (CCYP) is the quarterly professional journal for members of BACP's Counselling Children and Young People division. It is published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Amazon Book Reviews

"I was given this book by a colleague, who is a social worker as he reckoned it was one of the best books he had ever bought to get young people talking about personal relationships. I was not disappointed! Easy to read and full of good fun ideas to teach young people about sex, peer pressure, bullying as well as looking at living at home and the common sources of tension between teenagers and their parents. Don't usually write reveiws etc but this time felt I had to share this with other people!I would highly recommend this to teachers, youth workers or parents as a good source of ideas to cover what is often an embarrassing subject! I have also got "Have you ever?" by the same author and we are tring to get hold of copies of her other books for our school. "

Reviewed by: Amazon Customer

"One of the hardest jobs when working with young people is getting them to open up and talk about sensitive issues such as relationships and personal feelings . It is a huge responsibility for every youth worker, therefore this book - who's author has extensive field experience - gives sound advice, direction and motivation to try new ideas (whilst creating new ones too!).
I was really pleased to find a book that marries simplicity and effectiveness in so many different ways (well, 90 actually). Each of the activites have been tried and tested, allowing you the confidence to try them out safe in the knowledge they have already worked for other groups.
I have purchased and read four books now by Vanessa Rogers, each in a similar format (i.e. practical activities for working with young people), and must say that I have found them all invaluable and would highly recommend them to anyone working (or thinking of working) with young people."

Reviewed by: Amazon Customer

101 Things To Do On The Street

101 Things To Do On the Street

101 Things to Do on the Street is packed with creative and innovative ideas for street games and activities to help young people aged 11--19 explore personal, social and emotional issues. 


I like the accessibility of this book, which is clear and uses straightforward language. I also like the size of the print, which makes it clear for young people to access too, as they often like to take responsibility for activities and leading groups.

It includes tips and potential pitfalls to be mindful of when planning and delivering this type of service. The author provokes useful thought and consideration of various points.

I think this is a very good resource for any youth worker to have in their kit.

Claire Todd, Senior Children's Cousellor, Psychological Service, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. Reviewed for Counelling Children and Young People, September 2012.


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