Safeguarding and Wellbeing of Children and Young People

Learning Outcome 1: Understand the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults.
Learning Outcome 2: Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults.

Effective communication between children, young people and adults is important so that positive relationships can be developed. Children start to develop these skills from the moment they are born and continue to develop throughout their adult life using a number of strategies. Children need to feel comfortable with the adults they come into contact with in order to actively participate in play and learning activities this encourages children to express ideas and opinions. The way in which we do this will change according to age and stage of development the child is at. Communication is not just about words it is about listening, observing (body language, facial expressions) and gestures and appropriate when communicating with adults or children. Children learn to relate to their peers and adults, who should be good listeners, respectful of each other and model good communication skills at all times taking responsibility for their comments and actions. This helps build trust and understanding with children and they are more likely to confide in adults if problems occur. This enables the school to have strong communication links with parents and outside agencies should they need to be involved at any point.

One of the most important principles of relationship building with children, young people and adults is to be consistent and fair. Take time to listen to each other using appropriate language, eye contact and appropriate tone of voice so that the person you are communicating with knows you are interested, Respond appropriately remembering details that are personal to them, that will strengthen the relationship. It could be their birthday the name of a favourite pet or where they are going on holiday.
From a very early age we are taught to be...