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Understanding Children and Young Person Development

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CWDC Standards Work Pack

Standard 1: Understand the principles and values essential for fostering children and young people

Standard 2: Understand your role as a foster carer

Standard 3: Understand health and safety and safer caring

Standard 4: Know how to communicate effectively

Standard 5: Understand the development of children and young people

Standard 6: Keep children and young people safe from harm

Standard 7: Develop yourself

Standard 1:

Understand the principles and values essential for
fostering children and young people

1.1a What principles and values do you think are important in caring for children?

There are many principles and values which are important in caring for children, however, the care, safety and welfare of the child are indeed paramount. Every child is unique and is entitled to the expertise given by the team of professionals concerned with his/her care. Values include human rights, individual difference, cultural diversity, equal opportunity, health and well being, educational, self esteem and resilience. The carer must be acutely aware of confidentiality, professional knowledge, and skills and training to perform her duties to the highest standards. I treat the young people with respect for their rights and dignity.

1.1b Give an example of how you show the following:

a) Treat children, young people and their families and carers with respect

The young people in my care are culturally diverse; hence, they are given access to the Koran, prayer mats, and necessary dietary and toiletry requirements. I treat the, the young people and their families, as I would like to be treated by others

b) Treat children, young people and their families and carers as equals

The young people have the relative freedom of the home, so they can be comfortable, as a member of the household. We share meals and they are given opportunities to express their views and wishes. They also know...