Establish Positive Relationships with Children and Young People

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To establish a respectful, professional relationship, I would be friendly and approachable along with aiming to build trust with the child in the long term. It’s vital to be positive and give lots of praise and encouragement in order to help increase the child’s self confidence yet still maintain consistent, clear boundaries together with appropriate sanctions as required.

In order to promote effective interactions with other children, it is important to be a positive role model. This would help to encourage positive behaviour and promote effective social skills. Some children may not have a positive role model at home, which makes it even more important to set a good example for them to follow. Treat everyone fairly and be aware of your own approach – a negative attitude can have a negative impact on the children. In the case of adults, then mutual respect is key – be polite, friendly and speak as you would wish to be spoken to. Being a team player and offering to help others is beneficial in building effective relationships. Likewise, sharing information or giving feedback is essential, ensuring it is given at an appropriate time and place.

It is essential to bear in mind the child’s age and previous experience throughout any interaction with the child. Patience would be needed to help the child build relationships with peers and adults alongside close liaison with the child’s parents. Try to see things from their perspective, speak using age appropriate language and use paraphrasing to aid understanding. Use positive body language, eye contact and listen to what they are saying. Ask open ended questions to learn what the child is interested in and use that information to help involve them in class activities to help them to integrate with the other children. It may be useful to appoint a suitable classmate to be a “buddy” for the new child to make it easier for them to mix with other children and form friendships. Ensure that positive...
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