Support Children and Young People to Have Positive Relationship

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1. identify the different relationships children and young people may have

➢ Parents, siblings and extended family
    ➢ Friends, enemies
    ➢ Doctors, dentist, LAC nurse
    ➢ Social workers
    ➢ Teachers/tutors
    ➢ Carer’s

Explain the importance of positive relationships for development and well-being (Learning outcome 1.2)

    ➢ Children’s welfare can be properly monitored.
    ➢ Children are given consistent care.
    ➢ Children’s needs and interests are identified.
    ➢ Skills and ideas can be shared.
    ➢ Plans for children’s care and education are more effective

|A sense of connection and belonging |printable pdf |

Good relationships are really important for our wellbeing. Humans have evolved as social animals, so ability to develop good relationships is an extremely important step on the path to getting the best out of his or her life.  

we have a deep, natural need to connect with other people and to belong to a social group. This sense of connection and belonging comes from good relationships with the people around us - in our families, at work or school and with our friends. There is strong evidence that when we feel we belong, we will flourish. This section explains what makes a good relationship. It gives information on how you can build better relationships with children and how you can help children form good relationships with others. A child’s ability ability to develop good relationships is an extremely important step on the path to getting the best out of his or her life.  

|What makes a good relationship? |top of page [pic] |

|  |  |  | |  |Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. |  | |  |Mother Theresa |  |

Whether the relationship is between friends, family members, partners, a teacher and a pupil, work colleagues, etc. there are four key elements of any good relationship: • Trusting each other
• Effective communication
• Mutual respect and mutual benefit
• Valuing differences.
Trusting each other
Trusting someone else is the foundation of a good relationship. We can strengthen or weaken someone’s trust in us by what we say and do. To strengthen a relationship, it is important to think about the little things we can say or do to keep the other person’s trust - for example, we can be open and honest with them, keep our promises and try to understand their point of view. As adults who work with or care for children, you can help develop your relationships with children by doing things that build their trust in you. This will show them how to trust others and behave in a way which helps others trust them. Effective communication

Often, we focus on trying to get our point across or saying how we feel about something. However, communication is a two-way process - it involves listening as well as speaking. How we listen to others is just as important as what we say to them. But good listening is much more than staying silent when another speaks. The most effective form of listening for building good relationships is empathic listening. Empathy is about seeing things from means listening with the intention of really understanding what the other person means and how the other person feels. We are much more likely to build good relationships with children and young people if we really make an effort to see things from their point of view. If we do this, they will feel supported and understood, and are much more likely to open up and tell us about what's happening in their lives and how they feel. Seeing things from a child’s point of view is not easy. It means really trying to...
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