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By Alison McLeod

'Listening to childrens' is a kind of feel-good words that often good points in childcare literature as though it have been self-evidently a very good factor. usually, besides the fact that, there's a loss of serious recognition to what it rather ability: How does one pay attention? How can one facts that listening has taken place?

beginning with an advent to the coverage and perform of hearing teenagers and youngsters, either separately and in teams, this practitioner's consultant offers a number functional thoughts for potent listening, encompassing commentary and communique, seeing issues from the kid's viewpoint, explaining tough techniques, aiding adolescents to discuss their reports and exhibit their emotions, selling participation and eliciting their needs and perspectives. The e-book is peppered all through with sturdy perform checklists, solid perform examples, reflective workouts and quotations from little ones, in addition to case reviews displaying genuine events the place powerful conversation has been verified with a child.

hearing childrens: A Practitioner's consultant is a wealthy resource of perception and tips for execs operating with young ones within the fields of social care, well-being and schooling, together with baby welfare safety, pastoral care, academic psychology and counselling, and certainly for someone operating with children.

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Since both these outcomes may ensue, either side may find they have got more than they bargained for when they try to put children’s rights into practice. The Children Act 1989 aimed to set the scene for child-care practice into the next millennium and obviate the need for further legislation. It achieved the former but not the latter. Since then, we have seen a series of enactments in the United Kingdom on family law, youth offending, education, child protection, young carers, care standards and adoption, culminating with a whole new Children Act only 15 years later in 2004.

The image stuck. 27), of the right-wing Centre for Policy Studies, probably spoke for the public mood of the time when he asserted that there was ‘a widespread acceptance of the need to curb social workers’ arrogation of powers to themselves’ and that more power needed to be returned to parents. This view had the effect of increasing the stress on parents’ rights and constraining local authorities’ powers in the legislation that eventually emerged. For professionals working in the field of child sexual abuse there were lessons to be learnt from the Cleveland debacle too, but not necessarily the same ones.

If we consider first the assertion that we should listen because it is a good thing to do, we have to bear in mind that no professional intervention with a child or young person exists in a moral vacuum. If it is possible to have a positive impact on a child’s life, it follows that it must also be possible for our influence to be harmful. Each profession therefore has its separate, but overlapping codes of ethics. For some international examples, see Canadian Nurses Association (2002); Irish Sports Council (2000); New Zealand Teachers’ Council (2004) and, from the United States, National Association of Social Workers (2006).

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