Improving Practice in Communicating with Children and Young People
Child welfare professionals are increasingly being asked to work in more focused, shorter timescales with children and young people to ascertain their wishes and feelings in decisions that affect their future. The aim of this course is to increase the competence and confidence of participants in working effectively with children for different purposes and across a range of settings when their opportunity for contact is limited.
The course will examine why children and young people often become invisible in the assessment process and how those barriers to keeping the child in mind can be identified and addressed. Effective communication with children requires a knowledge of child development and the bearing this has on how the worker and child interact. Basic skills such as ensuring the child knows who you are, why you have come to see them, what you need to know and how their information will be used will also be addressed.
Case studies and experiential exercises will be based on video clips of children who are pre-verbal or non-verbal and those who are at risk of maltreatment.
By the end of the day participants will have had the opportunity to:
- Understand more about the systemic barriers that exist to keeping the child in mind and become more aware of their own ‘blind spots’ in this area
- Review the importance of child development in assessing and safeguarding children
- Consider what is involved in meeting children for the first time and the necessity of careful planning, preparation and use of language in these circumstances
- Examine the challenges of communicating with children who may be at risk of significant harm and the role of communication in securing their safety
- Explore observation and attachment in communicating with very young children
The day will begin at 9.30am for registration and tea / coffee, with a prompt 10.00am start, the course will end at approx 4.00pm
A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements of each individual when booking places on this course.
An electronic certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees by email after attendance at the course.