Assignment title: Critical incident analysis of an effective engagement with a young person.
Communication is vital when working with young people because it is key to understanding. For communication to be successful it is important that the receiver understands the message you wish to convey, but just as important that the transmitter, understands the method of communication chosen, why that method has been chosen and if they are successful methods, in delivering the information correctly. To enable this to happen, a number of considerations have to be taken into account by the transmitter.
For example, in order to secure positive outcomes when working with children and young people, a trusting relationship has to firstly be developed and then sustained. This can only happen through good communication. This is the most important tool, a worker will have to engage a young person in the first instance, and it is imperative that the first couple of interactions with a young person include a combination of good communication skills. In order for a relationship to be built with a young person and informal education to take place a young person has to engage voluntarily.
As stated by Sapin. K. (2009), page 46, ‘Essential skills for youth work practice’ Sage, London, California, New Delhi and Singapore. “The initial contact that a youth worker makes with young people can set the tone for future work and relationships. During the first connections with young people, a youth worker finds out about them by listening to them talk about their interests and concerns. At the same time, a youth worker passes on information about the organisation and what is on offer for the young people and communities”.
This initial contact could spark interest from the young person or their peers in the project. This interest can only happen through forms of communication, by which the young person will decide as to whether or not they wish to engage further. It is necessary that the...