Equality & Diversity Work with Children and Young People

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By: Xharie Ramadani
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How to communicate with children and young people.4
Give chance to talk.4
Make eye contact and use active listening.4
Use body language and facial expressions.4
Respond and observe on what they are saying repeat language5
How to check that the children and young people understand what is communicated.5
Explain how to establish rapport and respectful, trusting relationships with children and young adults.6
Demonstrate supportive and realistic responses to children and young people questions, ideas suggestions and concerns.6
How do you provide children and young people with reasons for actions when appropriate and encourage children and young people to make choices for themselves.7
Support children and young people to communicate effectively with others.7
How do you encourage young people to understand other people's individuality diversity and differences what does the school do to encourage this.8
Help children and young people to understand and respect other people's feelings and their points of view.8
Support children and young people to develop group agreements about the way they interact others.8
Demonstrate ways of encouraging and supporting children and young people to deal with conflict themselves.9


Maintaining good relationships with children and young adults is important to preserve effective communication. It is important to define the needs each individual has and to use appropriate behaviour. Almost every child and young adult learn to communicate through the answer of others. So in general if they feel that their input is not appreciated, they are less probable to begin the communication themselves. Respecting and valuing others views are essential if we need to develop good relationship. This can be done by listening carefully giving the children enough time to put their points across. Children and young people need to know and understand the boundaries of their relationship with adults in school. Children should respond to authority as long as they are clear about it from beginning. Another important subject is to give attention to individual children and young adults in way that is reasonable to them and to a group as a whole. Not all the children require same level of help and this is because some of them can work very well independently but some will require help from an adult to finish their work. Encouraging the children and young adults to make decision for themselves it will mean that they will need less support from the adult and will become more independent. Encouraging children and young people to understand other peoples 's individuality, diversity and differences. Understanding all this will help children in their environment and make them value and respect others.

How to communicate with children and young people.
Firstly, to have effective communication with children and young adults we need to be aware of their level of development and using of appropriate methods for each individual such as conventional language and body language. For example if a child that is 3 year old was trying to draw on a piece of paper sitting in a table and was requiring your help, you need go down on your knees beside the child and try to make an eye contact. To reassure the child that you are concentrated on what the child is saying is good to repeat what the child said. Secondly, no matter what the age of child or young adult is we should always take into consideration the following communication methods which help us communicate successfully . Give chance to talk.

For what's more, we should give a child and young adults chance to talk and express themselves. A few of them may lack confidence and will need more time to be able to articulate what they are trying to say. It is necessary to encourage...
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