Effective Communication

Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults.

Effective communication has always been the most important skill when socialising and building relationships with people. When first meeting or approaching an individual, be it a child, young person or adult, body language and facial expressions can form good vibes between individuals.
All good relationships are built on warmth, caring, mutual respect and a willingness to listen to and accept one another. Relationships with children are especially tender and deserve extra attention and care as children are developing their concepts of the world and their place in it. Children look to the relationships with caring adults in their lives to answer many questions.   It's important that you communicate how much you enjoy having the child or young adult you want to build a relationship with in your life. You can do this simply by setting aside everything else for a moment and giving them your full attention and a warm look. Remain pleased and fully attentive to whatever the child or young person presents.
Communication is a two way track and listening is equally as important as talking. This gives the chance for the individual to feel heard and valued. Body language again plays an important part, for example nodding and making appropriate facial expressions according commenting or reacting appropriately to the individual’s topic of conversation. This again can make the person feel valued and respected.
Cold and expressionless body language could create an instant barrier between people meeting for the first time, creating an uncomfortable atmosphere. It may be that the other individual may struggle socially and become nervous, fearful and feel the other person is unapproachable just by judging first appearances. Friendly eye contact can complement good use of body language and contribute to putting the person at ease if nervous.