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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsHello. A warm welcome to week three of your course Caring for Vulnerable Children. The material this week follows on directly from what we were thinking about last week. In the last week's material we thought about attachment and child development and the role that parents and carers can play in this process. This week we begin to think more specifically about processes of communication and more specifically, the way which adults and carers communicate with children and young people. The different techniques that can be used, what's effective, what's not, and the links that this can all have to the way in which children and young people grow and develop. We'll consider both positive and negative forms of communication.

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 secondsWe will consider verbal and nonverbal communication. And from that we will move on to think about touch and the role that that can play in communication. And specifically, how touch can aid development for children and young people, but also the challenges that touch can present, especially when providing care in a secondary setting. And again, there we'll be able to make links back to material from previous weeks where we think about issues of vulnerability and risk. We hope you enjoy the week.

Welcome to week three

In week three you will begin to learn about the concept of communication and the ways in which adults and carers can communicate with children and young people.

We will think about the different techniques that can be used – what’s effective and what’s not – and the links that this can have to the way in which children and young people grow and develop. We will also think about verbal and non-verbal communication. From there we will move on to think about the role of touch in communication then how it can aid the development of children and young people. We will also reflect upon some of the challenges and issues which can be seen to exist when we think about touch in a secondary care setting, and how all this links to issues of vulnerability and risk.

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Caring for Vulnerable Children

University of Strathclyde

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