This area is aimed at people who work with children, young people or families in schools, youth clubs, social care services, residential homes and any other settings beyond specialist HIV provision. It provides information which may be useful if you work in these wider settings and encounter children, young people and their families who are living with HIV.
We encourage you to:
- find out if there are any specialist services in your area, that support children, young people and families living with HIV
- broaden your understanding of HIV and what it means for families who live with it
- be aware of when a child or young person may need your support around HIV testing and prevention, referring to NCB’s practice guidance on this and BAAF Guidelines for the testing of looked after children
- find specific information about HIV in education, including our HIV in Schools Guidance plus other information in our resource library, including Studying with HIV.
The video below explores one-to-one work. It is aimed at professionals providing support and care for children and young people living with HIV.
You may find it helpful to refer parents to our pages aimed at families living with HIV, about what social care involvement means for them.
There is a dedicated section for foster carers who are looking after children living with HIV, or considering doing so.