Unit CYPCore3.5/CU1522 - Develop positive relationships with children, young people and others involved in their care
1.1 Explain why positive relationships with children and young people are important and how these are built and maintained. When working with children and young people it is important that they feel safe and secure in their environment, they are able to be relaxed, be heard, understood and have access to choice. For children’s emotional development as well as other areas of development it is vital to build positive relationships with children and young people. The quality of the relationship that is formed and maintained can have a big impact on ways in which people can work with them. When working in the pre-school setting I form good relationships with the children I work with these are positive for the child as they help the child become confident, secure emotionally enhance play and learning this encourages growth in language. Security that is built up helps them to feel at ease and therefore aids separation from parents and carers when entering the setting. As the relationship with them develops I am able to recognise when they are feeling sad, happy, anxious or angry through their expressions and emotions. An example when working with a child in my setting, although he is not able to use speech the relationship I have with him enables me to know how he is feeling through his body language such as eye contact or facial expression as well as sign language, this positive working relationship helps me understand him at a deeper level enabling me to understand his individual needs and developmental. Working with other children I develop strong bonds with helps me understand their interests their likes and dislikes. When their needs are met they become engaged and happy and are able to maintain positive behaviour. Strong relationships and bonds can only be developed effectively with all children and young people if certain elements are maintained. The following are examples of the elements that build and maintain a good relationship depending on the child or young person’s age and individuality. A relationship built with a baby is different to the relationship built with children who I work with at pre-school age. When working in the counselling setting with a boy of 14 the positive relationship I built with him was based on his interests and needs. None the less these principles are the foundations to building and maintaining positive relationships.
In my experience when working with children and young people for many years: Consistency and Fairness has been a key factor. By being consistent the child begins to understand boundaries. Children know where they stand when we are consistent in our behaviour towards them. When working with a child who had behavioural difficulties as well as consistency it was important that I show fairness before I came to a conclusion that may have been wrong about a situation I gave him a chance to explain and be heard. By doing this the child could experience he was treated the same and this thoughts taken into consideration. Equally treating children with Respect is paramount as children learn how to convey this towards others. When working with teenagers in a deprived area of the city these young people were labelled as being disrespectful and rude. Using group sessions the young people were asked to say how they felt about this. Firstly they felt it unfair that they be judged and second they had strong opinions that respect was to way action. In my setting at snack time and thought-out the setting children are encouraged to use manners such as please and thank you in response to actions. Using encouraging tones of voice and speaking in a courteous manner express respect. Equally staff showing respect in the setting towards each other provides a respectful environment. Trust in a relationship has to be established and is crucial...
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