092 Support young people to move towards independence and manage their lives
1.1 Explain the reasons why some young people may find it difficult to move to independence.
Some young people may struggle to move to independence due to a multitude of different factors. A young person with attachment difficulties and a history of abusive or troubled relationships may not be equipped with the emotional resilience and external support to face independence without some level of difficulty. It is imperative for young people to feel supported and encouraged and an absence of this may cause a young person to revert to child like behaviours to achieve these basic needs.
If a young person has physical of learning disabilities this would also effect their ability to move towards independence as they may require a more intensive amount of support from a care giver for a longer period of time than a young person without any disabilities.
Another reason may be that the young person has not experienced a settled lifestyle and has had multiple placements and lack of consistency in their home life. This may cause the young person anxiety and stress in relation to moving into independence, as they have not experienced an adequate springboard in their home life to instil in them the necessary skills to be a functional and independent adult.
1.2 Explain the concept that independence is relative to each individual young person’s stage of development and level of understanding and ability.
Each young person is an individual and will mature and develop at different rates and time scales. It is important to factor this in when working with young people on an independence plan as one plan will not suit all young people. As previously mentioned a young person with mental or physical disability may require more intense care and support for a longer amount of time than a