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Old 06-29-2011, 08:31 PM
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Help SOS ways of empowering children?

Has anyone got any info on this question please, dont know how to start it of, what to write about.?????? been researching for ages now.

CYP 3.3 task 6 . 4 An explanation of ways of empowering children and young people to make positive and informed choices that support their well-being and safety?

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Old 06-29-2011, 08:48 PM
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this is what a friend helped me with you will need to write this in your own words as this is hers please do change it

Empowering children is about giving them information that is reliable, respecting their views, recognising each child and young person is an individual, that they might be exposed to damaging ideas and negative experiences and that this might influence their behaviour and own ideas. They can be empowerd by knowing that they have a right to know about thier rights UNCRC. An explanation of ways of empowering young children and young people means seeing how settings can help them make positive and informed choices that support their well being and safety.

Everyone working with children need’s to support them to help them keep safe and help to support their own well being this can be achieved by:

• Helping them to understand the boundaries they might come across. Reinforcing issues when they arise in a positive manner such as turn taking, no pushing, being patient, understanding some children take more time than others to complete tasks, everyone has their own individual ways of completing tasks. Letting them resolve their own conflicts whenever possible.
• Promote positive relationships whether child to child, child to adult, adult to adult and adult to child.
• Child led approach enables children/young people to risk assess for themselves as a part of their investigation and playing. Let them lead their own activity without guided instructions to let them see what needs to be done and how they can achieve this.
• We all learn by taking risks so when a child wants to take a risk, be there to help them and support them, whether it be physically (e.g. supporting them whilst they go down the climbing frame backwards by being there ready to catch them if needed or adjust their positioning of legs or arms etc,) or verbally (encourage them that they can do it and how they can do it or explain age/stage appropriately why they can’t do it and offer them support in doing what they would like to achieve).
• Never let a child take a risk that could cause significant harm to themselves or others.

Show an interest in the activity that the child is doing, look at what is going on and discuss questions such as:
• How far is it to the ground?
• How far to the top?
• How will you get down?
• How safe is that going to be?
• How do your friends get up or down?
• How could you hurt yourself doing that?
• How will you make sure you don’t get hurt?
• Go slower, hold on, Look, listen.

For younger children get down to their line of sight and look up at the climbing frame and say:
• How tall is the climbing frame?
• Are you going to be okay?
• Do you need any help?
• Remind them that they can ask for help when they need it.
Change words accordingly, depending on age/stage of child/young person e.g. I wonder how tall the climbing frame is?

hope this helps

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I don't know if this helped the person who originally asked, but it certainly helped me! Thank you!
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and me, thanks :)
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helped me too, thanks!
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Has anyone got any examples of activities to empower children? Please
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Hi, a warm welcome to silkysteps, actual activities are very many, they are what you do as a practitioner when you're with the children, what you say to children in reply to their questions and the way you say it. What the setting itself offers in its rooms, furniture, resources and how you know your individual children.

Things that empower ..
  • choice
  • making decisions about what to do and also knowing the reasons why a decision is made eg. child likes a colour its the same as a favourite teddy bear, a smell, a taste, a texture, a sound, wants to experiment - which could be wanting to build or to take apart to see what happens or to confirm a past experience, commits to supporting a cause that an individual associates with or that they believe in so strongly that they want to be part of it - campaingning for young people, cars and garages, dolls and houses .
  • having the freedom to move as wanted, act and communicate
  • be provided with information about life and expectations
  • possess knowledge and understanding about themselves, the world, law and how children's rights exist
  • have the ability to ask
  • have people around that are avaliable to ask
  • attitudes
Based on page 186 of the Collins handbook:
Activities to empower and educate children and young people are about confidence, own bodies, or being assertive in making decisions. The importance of empowering is in observeration and listening to children and young people, building their self-confidence and self-esteem.

A jigsaw puzzle is empowering if you plan to support the child rather than than have the child help/support you or if a hild's left to figure it out alone - a table of unfinished jigsaws may indicate that help is needed. Knowledge/knowing that a puzzle is too diffiult to complete and that guidance/assistance is/was unavailable isn't empowering as it teaches 'I can't do' rather than I can. The image on the puzzle can add or take away from a child's empowerment depending how positive those images are - naming fruits and vegetables, breads, cerals, rice. Growing seeds & plants empowers by showing how it's possible to provide food for self and others. Books that explore diversity empowers readers by providing information about how people's lives differ yet might well want the same outcomes - be healthy, safe, prosperous

Children are empowered by knowledge of their world and the way it works :) Understanding risk and balancing risk - slides, swings, ladders, bridges, stepping stones. Knowing own physical and emotional limits helps to protect self and ensure well-being, which makes these type of activities profoundly empowering - woodworking and cutting tools eg. hand drills, whisks, scissors. Activities to encourage bodies to physically stop, start, dodge, dip, run, walk, crawl, jump, climb all enable individuals to know personal capabilities which enable decisions to be made based on that information.

These are some ideas using UN children's rights

The right to play - indoor and outdoor adventuring, props, loose media to build, gather and connect with - bricks, pipes, train track, story telling, dress up, scenarios
The right to be safe - joint rule setting so everyone agrees boundaries and are able to understand the expected levels of conduct/behaviour. 'Stop' activities where children know they can use this word to protect themselves & halt actions - musical statues with music or a caller!
The right to freedom of expression - singing, speaking, creative art projects where children lead in their own resource selection, using and positioning those choices as they wish. Saying yes and no as prefered and being empowered by others by them agreeing with a yes or no, being praised for their confidene in saying yes and no or have their reasoning explored to.
The right to freedom of association and peaceful assembly - times to come together - group activities, games, and to choose the friends/adults children they personally want to be with.
Article 13 and the right to ask & receive information - eg. foods, which are the healthier choices and why. Why brush teeth, why wash hands, why do we need to sleep regularly. How families differ - single parents, married parents, same sex parents, being raised by foster parents, grandparents. How both men/boys and women/girls can do the same and different jobs. How lifestyles and cultural bakgrounds differ - religion, diets, country of origin or ancestry.
Article 6 - right to life - ativities that look at the emergency services and how they save people, what the coast guard does, police, fire brigade, hospitals, international charities. why wear seatbelts and safety helmets.


Following children's interests without reprimand empowers them. Denying interests still empower where valid and agreed reasons are disussed as to why the child isn't able to do what they want, when they want.

Challenging discrimination empowers everyone.

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Thank you for getting back to me this helps loads much appreciated
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That's really helpful I just couldn't seem to get started on this one. Thanks
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