We all have the child’s best interests at heart and want to do our best to give that child the best opportunities available to them. It is vital that we share appropriate information and value each other’s opinions. Observing professionals in their role can help a key worker with their own approach giving them a fuller understanding for the reasoning behind certain activities aimed at the child to help them to progress, and give them greater learning opportunities you may otherwise have been unaware
Anne-Marie Whitlock MU 2.9 1.1 Explain why working in partnership with others is important for children and young people? When working with children and young people in your setting it is very important to work in a team as it can be positive for the children to see. If you work well in a team you will enjoy your work and the children will benefit from that, it should improve their learning and development. It is also important to work in partnerships to build a relationship and to gain trust from the children and their families. You will learn a lot from working together such as the children’s likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, the way they need to be looked after and there education.
• Foster carers support parents and families who are partners in the care, learning, development and safeguarding of their children, recognising they are the child or young person’s first, and in most situations, their most enduring carers and educators. • Foster carers are integral to the professional team supporting children and young people in public care. Values • The needs, rights and views of the child or young person are at the centre of all practice and provision. • Individuality, difference and diversity are valued and celebrated. • Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice are actively promoted.
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.
To ensure effective teamwork and continual care of the children we must communicate well by keeping each other informed and aware of current situations going on around us. Communication involves Verbal (talking) and Non Verbal (non talking) communication. To be able to communicate effectively you need to try and consider their point of view and be very clear on what you are talking about and make sure the other person understands what you are talking about. The benefits I will have of effective communication in my work role will be my relationship with the children and their parents and the relationship with my work colleagues. With children you need to get down to their level to speak to them and make eye contact.
The main key to establishing respectful and professional relationships with children and young people is to show respect at all times. A relationship built on a mutual understanding of respect can be a strong relationship that will make communication easier. You also need to show them that you are approachable so that they feel comfortable around you and if they have any questions or are struggling with the lessons work they can talk to you about it. A good practitioner will always listen to a child, without interruption, and let them express their own views this shows them that you are considerate to and that you value their feelings and opinions, which in turn will encourage them to interact with you. The way you talk to a child can also contribute to establishing a respectful and professional relationship as it is as important as listening.
Children need to be treated as individual’s also remembering good communication of your concern and interest is essential to the child, also of importance is being honest about how you feel of which will show children that expressing your emotions is ok. Residential workers who have a determined resilience perspective will often make a positive and long lasting difference to looked after children’s
Multi-agency working brings together practitioners from different sectors and professions, such as the individual’s school teachers, social worker and GP. They aim to provide an integrated way of working to support children, young people and families. It is a way of working that ensures children and young people who need additional support have exactly the right professionals in place to support them. It may also help to identify any issues at an early stage of life, therefore giving the child and its family time to seek the support they require. 1.2 There can be many positive outcomes and the best standard of life for an individual can be reached providing the multi-agencies that are involved work together accordingly, sharing information and reflecting on it to implement plans and aim to achieve the end goal, reaching the full potential for the child or young person.
I try to be polite and friendly in order to create trust, people feel that you are approachable and tend to communicate better when they trust you. When communicating with the children I make sure that I am approachable, I feel that it is important to smile around the children as this can help them to feel comfortable around you. When communicating I need to make sure that I use the correct tone of voice. I like to get down to the child’s level so I don’t seem intimidating. By using their interests I can bond with the children to create a positive
Unit 054 Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Setting Outcome 1 Understand how Duty of Care contributes to Safe Practice 1) To me Duty of Care means to offer a caring environment at all times to any young person in my care at any time. It is my responsibility to ensure that any young person in my care has a safe environment, a healthy diet, clean clothes, a clean living environment and ensure their personal hygiene is maintained. I would need to build a relationship with the young person to help keep them safe and follow all the above avenues. This will also enable me to provide opportunities of encouragement and support for them to reach their full potential. To offer and also guide them through emotional periods of their life.