Cache Level 3 Unit 5

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The practitioner’s main responsibilities in a professional relationship differ between children, adults and other professionals. The responsibilities the practitioner must carry out whilst working with children are to ensure all children are treated equally and fairly. This can be done by ensuring that there is no favouritism or preferential treatment shown to a particular child or children. It is also essential that no child is discriminated against. Although all children should be treated equally is also important to value diversity and understand that not all children have the same educational or personal needs and it is vital you provide for these needs in order to fulfil your responsibilities. It is critical that you adhere to confidentiality unless it is legally required to be shared. Keeping consistent boundaries and rules is important in order for the child to become familiar with the rules and for them to develop an understanding of what they are and are not allowed to do. The responsibilities differ slightly while working with parents. It is still important to maintain confidentiality as not only is it complying with the law, it also helps to develop a trusting relationship with the parent, which will allow them feel secure enough to confide in the practitioner any problems they or the child may have. The practitioner should ensure they maintain a friendly relationship with the parent whilst being careful not to get over familiar and remaining impartial. It is important to remember that the parents know the child the best, so you must work with them in order for the child to be cared for as best as possible. The parents need to trust you to look after their children, you can gain their trust by being open and honest with them, answering any questions they may have and sharing any information you may have about the child, for example if the child had any problems such as a accident during the day. As well as with children and parents you must develop a professional relationship with other colleagues and professionals. This means making sure you work together as a team and share the workload making sure everyone is doing their fair share and not one person doing the majority. You must make sure that all staff communicates with each other well and everyone is on the same page. “Do not assume that colleagues will always share the same opinions as you” (Tassoni P, 2007 p.223) it is important that you remain professional if a colleague has an opinion that is different from your own, and do not disrespect them because you disagree with them. It is essential that your colleagues trust you and feel that you give them adequate support. This will allow them to form a better relationship with you. “You will perform very well when you work in an environment you feel comfortable with. That is why building good relationship or rapport at work is essential.” ( Two issues that contribute to maintaining professional relationships with children and adults are maintaining confidentiality and good communication. Maintaining confidentiality is essential as it allows both the child and the adult to trust you. If the parent feels like they can trust you, they will be more likely to share information and concerns with you that may affect the child. For example if a parent is going through a separation and the child is acting up because of this, because the parent has confided in you with this information it allows you, it not only helps you explain why the child has been acting differently it also allows you to provide both the child and the adult support and help in dealing with this problem. In order for the parents to trust a worker they must feel that the worker will respect their right to privacy and confidentiality. For them to feel assured it will remain confidential, it is essential that you do not talk about any parent to another and...
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