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Communicating Effectively with Vulnerable Children and Young People

Discover tools and techniques to engage effectively with vulnerable children and young people.

18,570 enrolled on this course

Selection of resources used in direct work with children

Communicating Effectively with Vulnerable Children and Young People

18,570 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 4 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Open level

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Learn child-centred communication strategies to encourage children to talk

Communicating effectively with vulnerable children and young people is not always easy. Despite practitioners and carers knowing this is an important area of their work, research shows that practice is not always as effective as it could be.

This course will enable you to improve your communication skills through techniques which place the child at the heart of the interaction. You’ll examine why a child may become vulnerable and reflect upon the barriers to communication. You’ll also explore activities from pre-verbal to adolescent stages which encourage children to share their feelings.

What topics will you cover?

  • Reasons why a child or young person may become vulnerable
  • Age-appropriate activities and techniques from the pre-verbal to adolescent stages
  • Innovative ways of facilitating communication
  • Challenges and barriers to effective communication with vulnerable children and young people
  • Levels of vulnerability experienced by a child or young person, including areas of safeguarding

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect upon and develop skills in communicating with vulnerable children and young people, raising the profile of this essential area of child welfare and wellbeing
  • Explore a child-centred perspective to help facilitate more effective communication with the children and young people for whom we are responsible
  • Explain that improving our communication with children and young people requires consideration of specific activities and skills which facilitates this communication – it is more than just talking with them
  • Discuss some helpful approaches, tools and techniques which may be appropriate for the pre-verbal child through to adolescents
  • Engage with and reflect upon material from award winning child protection simulations to reflect upon how we can improve our communication with vulnerable children and young people

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at anyone working with vulnerable children and young people. It is also suited to foster carers keen to improve their communication skills.

Who will you learn with?

Director of Studies of Advanced Child Protection/Social Work and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent, with an interest in developing our understanding about the lived experiences of children

I am the lead trainer with the centre for child protection at the University of Kent.
I am co--facilitating the course 'Effective communication with vulnerable children.' with Vanisha Jassal

I lecture on the MA Advanced Child Protection programme at the University of Kent, UK. Qualified in Law and Social Work, I am passionate about promoting effective child protection policy and practice.

Who developed the course?

The University of Kent

The University of Kent, the UK’s European university, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it now has 19,850 students studying at its various campuses.

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  • Learn at your own pace
  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Digital certificate when you're eligible

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Buy this course

$69/one-off payment

Fulfill your current learning need

  • Access to this course
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Printed and digital certificate when you’re eligible

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Free

Sample the course materials

  • Access expires 30 Dec 2022

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