How to use

You can use the Real Toolkit in any way that you find useful. Our suggestion is to follow these steps: Be curious, Find information, Read guides.

Be Curious, Find Information, Read Guides

Step 1

Be Curious

Do you have a specific question or do you just want to explore? You can start by typing a question into the search bar or by exploring a topic on either the Workforce page or the People With Care Experience page. You can explore all parts of the website, whether you are a young person or a member of the workforce. Either way, being curious will lead you to answers you might not have expected. This toolkit does not try to give you the answer to everything, but give you the tools to find the answers yourself.

Step 2

Find Information

The information on this website is organised in a few different ways, so that you can find the information you want, easily. If you are a young person, there is a page created for you where the Guides are organised by topics. You can also search for any question, word or topic in the search bar. At the bottom of each Guide we will suggest other Guides that might be interesting for you. For the Workforce the information is organised similarly, with the addition of categories.

Step 3

Read Guides

At the heart of the Real Toolkit are the Guides. A Guide is a short text with a focus on a question or topic. The Guides are where you can find inspiration, information, and practical advice. Each Guide has three sections: Feel, Know, Do. These are important aspects of achieving the Toolkit’s aims: making sure that people with care experience who grow up in care, experience Relationships, Empathy and Love. Feel, know and do are equally important. In the Feel section you can expect to read why a certain topic is important, based on lived experience. In the Know section you can expect to read about some facts, research and background behind a topic. Finally, the Do section will give you some practical advice and potentially outline some next steps. It is important though to remember, that we are not trying to tell you what to do, and by no means can the Real Toolkit be ‘complete’ –  we just give you the tools, we still need you to go out and use them in a way that fits your life and practice.


What is a Guide?

The guides are the heart of the toolkit, the tools in the kit. In the guides you will find the information you are looking for. The guides will give you the tools for you to navigate the transition out of care. For practitioners the guides are the place where you will find actionable guidance on how to make your practice more relational.

Is there a fixed order to the Guides?

No, you can read the guides in any order you like. The tool is created in a way that allows you to dive right into any topic and jump around in whatever order. Our suggestions are just that suggestions. If you don’t know where to start you can use the search function in the People With Care Experience or the Workforce pages and type in any word. Suggestions will then pop up based on your search.

Is there a printed version of the toolkit?

We are glad you asked! We are planning on making a printed version available soon, you can register your interest by emailing or sign up to the newsletter for updates.

What does ‘feel, know, do’ mean?

‘Feel, know, do’ was created by the REAL Advisory Group as a way of highlighting the most important parts of relationships. You can think about it as your heart, your brain and your actions – all of the things that make you you. Relationships are built on emotions, knowledge and behaviour, so for easier understanding we have organised each guide into 3 sections ‘feel’, ‘know’, ‘do’.