2.3 Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Aults

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1.1 Describe how to establish respectful, professional relationships with children and young people. 2.2 Describe the importance of adult relationships as a role models for children and young people. Personal behaviour, good communication skills and approachability are essential in the foundations of building relationships with children and young people. Good communication and interaction according to their age and level is the most important thing with children and young people. Listening is a way to establish a respectful and professional relationship with a child. By listening without interruption, conveys to the child that you are interested in their views and encourages them to interact freely. Taking an active interest in what they say and the child himself. For example, knowing their names, hobbies, interests, likes and dislikes. When talking or listening to children, always maintain eye contact, concentrate on what the child is saying and physically lower yourself to the child’s level. Children always imitate adults’ behaviour, by being a good role model: polite, honest, fair and respectful to children, there is more chance that they will act the same towards you and other adults Fairness allows a child to explain their version of events; however it is important to be consistent in situations, for example, if two children break the same rule it would be unfair to punish one and not the other, this would result in lack of respect from the children. With adults, you can communicate using more complex language. It is important for them to feel comfortable with you, since you are working closely with them. You have to be caring, respect them, be polite, give all the support they need, listen to their views, ask questions on a need to know basis and always try to handle disagreements with adults in a way that will maintain a positive relationship.
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