Explain ways of empowering children and young people to make positive and informed choices that support their well being and safety
An explanation of ways of empowering children and young person to 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 boundaries by reinforcing issues when they arise in a positive manner such as
turn taking, no pushing, being patient, understanding some childrentake more time than others to complete tasks, everyone has their own individual ways of completing tasks, Letting them resolve their own conflicts when possible.
• Promote positive relationships whether child to child, child to adult, adult to adult and adult to child.
• Child led 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?
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