Communication with Children and Young People

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Unit 8: Promote communication in health, social care in children and young people’s settings 1.1 Identify the different reasons people communicate People communicate for a wide variety of reasons. First and foremost they communicate in order to build relationships. This means getting to know people and making friendships or acquaintances. In order to work with other people and children, you need a foundation to build on, so that you have a good rapport with them. Trust is a big part of building a relationship with people, especially with children who are under your care. In my own experience of building relationships with children – students in my case – I found that having a friendly, open nature works best in gaining their friendship and trust. Children respond well to someone who is approachable and this is the only way to get them to co-operate with you. I have taught several children with social/personality disorders and although at the start of our relationship it was challenging to gain their confidence, I managed to build and maintain a strong friendship with them by being able to relate to them will and approach them with a bright, positive attitude. Maintaining a relationship with someone is very important also as it keeps you in contact with others. It keeps you in touch with the feelings and needs of others, which is essential in any functional relationship. This is very important when working with children as you need to be informed as to their needs, in order to have a happy work environment. Again, I believe this leads back to the issue of trust. If children can approach you with a problem (without hesitation) then I would class this as a good relationship. This needs to be maintained in order for the trust to remain between you. In my experience, seeing my students on a weekly basis ensured that we had a healthy relationship, exchanging

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