Originally Posted by sweepdustypan
Please can someone give me some help on these 2 questions!
Give one example of how you could support resilience when working with children and young people?
Explain why it is important to work with a child or young person to ensure they develop stragegies to protect themselves and to make decisions?
Thank you Yvonne
This is what i wrote
An explanation of why it is important to work with the child or young person to ensure they have strategies to protect themselves and make decisions about safety.
Children need to learn how to protect themselves, but at the same time you need them to take their
own risks if there is no chance of significant harm. They need the knowledge and the know how to
help protect and safeguard themselves. They need to know about strangers and how some are not
nice people, you don’t need them to be fearful of everyone that they come into contact with. Just
explain that most people care and protect children but there are some adults who try to take and
hurt children. Reinforce that this should never happen to them. Quite often children need things set
out in a routine such as The green cross code, this is there to protect children from getting run over
and seriously hurt.
Here are a few strategies to help children to protect themselves;
• Speaking to and reinforcing about dangers posed by some adults and help them minimise the risk example underneath for older children.
• Speaking to and reinforcing how to behave with higher risk activities such as outdoor activities (e.g. road safety green cross code or younger children always hold an adults hand when crossing the road).
• Older children talk to them about substance abuse, the effects that they have on young people.
• Provide discussions or one-to-one conversations about *** and relationships (including sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV, chlamydia, herpes or gonorrhoea.
It is important to always explain to them age/stage appropriately and understand that they might use different words for parts of their body.
Reinforce what is allowed and what is not allowed such as: (This is set out for an older child but can be simplified with pictures for a younger child)
Tell the child that it is nice to have kisses, especially close family but they should never be kept as a secret.
Explain that all of their body belongs to them and not to anyone else. If anyone tries to touch your body in a way that you don’t want them to or it frightens you, say NO (in a loud voice)and tell somebody about them touching you, do not keep it a secret from others close to you.
RUN OR GET AWAY:
Explain to them not to talk to strangers when they are left alone with them. Tell them not to be rude just pretend that they can’t hear them. If a stranger, bully or even someone that they know tries to harm them, tell them to leave and get help, explain to go towards crowds or a shop if they can.
If someone is hurting you tell them to yell, shout or scream, this is acceptable when someone is hurting you.
Tell a grown up or someone you can trust, if they don’t believe you find another grown up t tell such as your teacher
Do not keep secrets about any other person bullying you, kissing you, or touching you. If this happens tell a grown up that you trust.
Do not accept money, sweets or gifts from anyone without your parents/carers permission. Most of the time it will be okay because the gifts will be for their birthday or a present from grandparents. But some people will try and make you do things that you shouldn’t or ask you to keep something a secret if they give you some sweets. This is called a bribe so refuse it.
Have a code word with your parents/carers, which only you and them know (password), so if they need to send someone different to collect you, they are told the code. Do not tell others the code (password).