Tuning in

Topics: Developmental psychology, Child development / Pages: 6 (1650 words) / Published: Oct 16th, 2014
Tuning in for Direct Observation with Child C

I have decided to use Taylor and Devine’s (1993) model of tuning in which will look at the general category of the client, the specific client, the phase of work and my own feelings. I felt it more appropriate to use this model of tuning in as this is not my initial meeting with Child C.

First Level: General Category of the Client

Child C is a seven year old boy. It is important at this stage of my intervention to be aware of the issues regarding the ways in which our society treats people at such a young age. It is difficult for a child’s voice to be heard; therefore it is essential that I listen and advocate on his behalf if necessary.

It is important that I have a good understanding of the relevant legislation and policies and procedures which relate to Child C.


The Children (NI) Order 1995 underpins all work with children and young people to ensure safe and effective practice.

I recognise the welfare of the children and young people I work with is of paramount consideration. (Article 3)

The Children (NI) Order 1995 recognises that children have the right to be safeguarded from sexual, physical, emotional abuse and neglect.

“It shall be the general duty of every authority to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within its area who are in need; and
So far as is consistent with the duty, to promote the upbringing of these children by their families,
By providing a range and level of personal social services appropriate to those children’s needs”

United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child, Article 2 – seeking the views and wishes of the child.

Data Protection Act (1998) I would advise the child that information from the sessions would be recorded on agency files. Also advising the child that they could access their files at any time. This complies with the NSPCC’s policies, standards and principles.

“Service user should be advised that a system for record keeping

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