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Animal Action project for children in care

The RSPCA is running an Animal Action Project for children in care in the Wakefield/Leeds area. This free session is for children in care aged 5-16 and their carers or support workers.

The aim of the project is to develop empathy skills and help children learn about animal welfare, especially pets. Throughout the day children will explore what animals need to be happy and healthy and what happens if animals are not cared for properly. A session on dog behaviour aims to help them stay safe around dogs - both at home and out and about.      

Interactive and engaging workshops

The initial Animal Action Days are on the 10th and 11th of April (Easter break for Leeds/Wakefield) at RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield & District Animal Centre and we have a fantastic interactive and enjoyable day planned with RSPCA Inspectors, Education staff, Animal Care Assistants and Dog Behaviour experts.

RSPCA Animal Action day for looked after children

Children will be able to meet some of the very special animals which come into RSPCA care and learn about their journeys from cruelty case to finding their forever homes.

This is a small pilot project and we only have spaces for 16 children and their carers (8 children per day). To determine which children get a place, we ask that the child's social worker complete a short referral form, so we can allocate places based on need. Please download this form here.

We are also piloting a small intervention based on the APE psycho-educational programme where a small number of children who attend our Animal  Action Day may be invited to some additional 1-1 sessions. (Places strictly limited).

Referring a child

Social workers should securely email the completed referral form and privacy notice to Kate, our Prevention Programme Adviser using the details below. If you are a foster carer, please pass this form on to your social worker and ask them to make the referral on your behalf.

Animal Action project referral form for social workers

Privacy Policy - to be completed and returned with referral form 

The deadline for referrals is Wednesday 20th March.  

For more information about the project, or to make a referral please contact Kate O'Regan at or call 07715 540622. All completed forms should be securely emailed to Kate.

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