Unit 201- Child and Young Person Development

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Unit 201- Child and young person development

3.1 Identify the transitions experienced by most children and young people

3.2 Identify transitions that only some children and young people may experience e.g. bereavement

3.3 Describe with examples how transitions may affect children and young people’s behaviour and development

Most children and young people will experience the following transitions:

* Starting Nursery or reception
* Going from part time to full time education
* Going from infant to junior to secondary school
* Starting to arrive or leave school alone
* Starting puberty
* Exams
* Starting college or higher education

Some Children and young people may experience the following transitions: * Divorce
* New partners
* Step siblings
* New siblings
* New pets
* Family members dying
* Pets dying
* Contracting, or recovering from, illness
* Going into care
* Moving house and changing schools
* Abuse
* Moving countries
* Older siblings moving out of home
* Injuries
* Becoming disabled
* Becoming a carer

All of these things will have an effect on a child or young person’s development and behaviour. Ways that a child’s development or behaviour could be affected include: * Being traumatised- A child may block an event from memory and in rare cases, can block out the whole world. This can lead to psychologically becoming blind, deaf and mute. * Becoming attention seeking- If a child has experienced a transition that means they get less attention they may act out in ways they would not normally act, breaking things, shouting, swearing etc because they crave attention and know they will get a reaction from adults * Uncharacteristic behaviour- using actions and language they would not normally use, not always to get attention. Children and young people may be looking for an escape, or a way into a new social circle. * Being anxious or nervous-...
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