Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles

Fun FRIENDS, FRIENDS for Life and My FRIENDS Youth


Fun FRIENDS, FRIENDS for Life and My FRIENDS Youth

Target audience

Early childhood (3-5 years)
Middle childhood (6-12 years)
At-risk or vulnerable

CfC Objective

Supporting Families and Parents
Create Strong Child-friendly Communities
School Transition and Engagement


Friends Resilience Organisation

Delivery Setting

School-based; community based


Fun FRIENDS (4-7), FRIENDS for Life (8-9) and My FRIENDS Youth (10-15) are structured, group based programs that teach children resilience, self–esteem and emotional skills such as coping with stress and worry, developing social skills, recognising and regulating emotions in self and others, positive thinking, problem solving and relaxation.

Delivered to

Children aged 4-15. The program can be delivered universally or targeted to children at risk.

Delivered by

Educators, early childhood professionals, clinicians and other education and /or health professionals.

Program Structure

Each program is tailored for the appropriate age group. Fun FRIENDS (4-7) is delivered using a play-based group format. FRIENDS for Life (8-9) and My FRIENDS Youth (10-15) are delivered in schools or community settings using group-based cognitive behavioral therapy and pyscho-educational methods.


To deliver the FRIENDS program, you must be trained and accredited under a FRIENDS licensee. Accreditation as a facilitator of the FRIENDS program will be valid for three years.

In-service and online training options available. For more information contact the organisation.


The cost of a License is dependent on a number of factors; please contact the program developer for more information:



Evaluation and effectiveness

Several studies including RCTS have shown positive outcomes in post–test results.