Whether you are setting up a sibling group for the first time or have been running groups for many years, this section will give you guidelines and activities to help you run your group
Group evaluation tools
Simple target forms with siblings
You can use target forms with siblings to help them measure their own progress. The first sheet should be completed in week one or two of the sessions to set goals that the siblings wish to achieve. The second sheet should be completed in the final session for siblings to scale their own progress. Make the completion of the forms an individual task for the siblings; explain that this is their chance to think about why they are attending the groups. Group leaders can adapt the form using pictures and interesting scales to make it fit the age range of the children attending the groups.
Interviews with siblings, parents and professionals
You can use the sample questions below to help you design post group interviews with siblings,parents and professionals.
Using the Every Child Matters outcomes
Groups can be evaluated against the Every Child Matters (ECM) outcomes. We have put together a chart listing common sibling experiences that match with the 5 main ECM outcomes, and link these to objectives and outcomes that you can have for your group.
Existing wellbeing tools
Some group leaders use existing wellbeing tools such as the Strengths and Difficulties questionnaires and scales, for pre and post group evaluation of sibling wellbeing. More information is available from the Department of Halth website see http://bit.ly/99rCTy