Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

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Unit 203 Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults

Outcome 1Know how to interact with and respond to children and young people

1.1 It is important to form and maintain relationships with children and young people that are both professional and respectful. This is because it will help the child feel happy and confident within the school setting. In order to be able to build these types of releationships, the child or young person first has to get to know you and for trust to be gained. When a professional and respectful relationship has been established, a child or young person will be able to work, learn and develop to the best of their abilities in a comfortable environment that is caring and supportive. To establish and maintain professional and respectful relationships, we should :

·Show respect - this can be done in many ways such as remembering their name or respecting and allowing them to have their own opinions ·Be approachable - a relationship cannot be established if a child or young person does not feel they can go up to an adult to comfortably discuss any issues they wish to talk about ·Listen - by looking at a child or young person as they talk to you, even lowering yourself to their level, and responding to what they are saying, you are showing them that they have your full attention and are interested in what they have to say. This may be about a new toy or a serious matter such as reporting bullying ·Be polite - if a child or young person wishes to talk to you, do not ignore them, intterupt them rudely or talk over them and, if it is not convenient to talk at that time, explain why and ensure you allow them the opportunity to talk later. It is also important to remember to use good manners when asking a child or young person to do things such as asking them to fetch something or getting them to sit nicely ·Use positive body language - if you have...
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