Unit 5 – Develop Positive Relationship With Children, Young People and Others Involved in Their Care
5.2 (2.1. 2.2)
•Explain why positive relationships with people involved in care of children and young people are important. It is important that children and young people are able to have a wide network support, building and maintaining positive relationships. Children learn to be strong and independent acquiring skills such as assertiveness and are able to resolve conflict more positively from a base of loving and secure relationships with at least one key person in their lives. Within the setting I work, each young person is allocated a care team. The team is designed to work together in meeting the needs of the particular young person and building a relationship. The young person will also choose or be allocated a key-worker who should build a good relationship. Relevant information or interventions of support being used are then shared across the entire staff team so that the young person receives the best possible care, consistency and feel safe within their environment. All staff should understand, share and implement the home’s ethos, philosophy and approach to caring for children. A key feature of a positive relationship is to develop trust and allowing young people to have a sense of autonomy so that they are able to make choices, have a good sense of self, taking responsibility and being independent. Young people should be encouraged to consider alternatives, make choices, and explore possible consequences. Staff should not try to make choices or influence choices for them but rather enter into a discussion about possible options and choices they could make. Offering guidance and support with a non-judgemental attitude. Nonetheless building a relationship takes time, patience and persistence. In reflection of my own practices with my key child I initially believed that I had failed and was unable to form a positive relationship if any at all....
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