The importance of recognising and responding to concerns about childrens

July 23, 2018 Religion

Children will be part of different family environments including cultures, religion and ethnic backgrounds. There are many situations that happen outside of school in the pupil’s family lives that the school may not have been informed about these circumstances example: bereavement, break-ups, new sibling, illness or moving house. Anyone of these may affect children’s emotional and intellectual development. Different social environments and backgrounds have a large effect on the development of the child example: a wealthier background could give greater life experiences, more access to play, extra-curricular activities and more opportunities to socially interact.

A lower income or single parent family may struggle financial from poverty and deprivation, making them less likely to thrive and achieve well in school. It also affects the way they deal with different situations and respond, limiting their life chances. A wealthy background doesn’t always guarantee a positive environment. The child’s parents could be over-protected and rarely allowed to make their own decisions. The child may not have many friends locally, so have only adults for company. This could affect their social, emotional and intellectual development and limit their communication skills. Health

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Development opportunities are restricted if a child suffers poor health or disability for example: a child who has an illness has spent a considerable amount of time in hospital, resulting in missing large periods of school. They have limited opportunities to play with others affecting their social development also falling behind on school work could make them feel stressed, upset and worried affecting their emotional and intellectual development. Parent’s health and diet reflects on the child, poor lifestyle passed on can lead to a child being bullied for being overweight causing upset and distress to the child affecting their emotional and social development. Other areas to consider are:

Some children may have had no previous education for example: home schooling environment or the way in which they have been taught is different. They may need help and extra support to settle in. Looked after/ care status

If a child is looked after or in care, this will affect development in many different ways. They will usually be monitored very closely and have regular meetings with the school to highlight any problems or issues which would be addressed straight away to prevent any more stress to the child. Personal choices

Personal choices will affect their development as they grow older. The friendships groups they choose, extra – curricular activities to academic involvements example : getting into the wrong friendship group could have a negative influence on a pupils behaviour as children could feel “peer” pressure to participate in activities including “dares” or socially unacceptable behaviour e.g. lying, bulling or being aggressive. Advice and support from adults is needed to help them make the right choice best for themself.

Task 2.2
Describe with examples the importance of recognising and responding to concerns about children and young people’s development. If you have any concerns about a pupil’s development in any areas make sure you share this information with either the class teacher or the SENCO [Special education needs coordinator]. The sooner any concerns are identified in a child or young person the more help and support can be given to them and these concerns can be addressed or referred if required.

The longer a problem is left untreated, the more damage can be done to different aspects of development to the child or young person. Here are a few examples of concerns: A child in the classroom does not talk or interact with other children and you notice at playtime this child is standing alone for a few days. The child may just be lacking confidence or need encouragement or help to overcome their shyness. There can also be an underlying medical problem why the child does not or cannot communicate example: hearing impairment, further investigating is needed.

The social, emotional and behavioural development of this child will suffer. If the child has no friends this could then affect them intellectually as the child may be unwilling to work in class with them, causing them to learn at a different pace. Another example parental separation can be extremely traumatic for a child or young person. The child or young person could be affected in many different areas of development.

Emotionally and intellectually also you may notice a change in behaviour and ability to learn. Another example is children from single parent families or low- income families this could cause finances to be difficult, as a child or young person may not be given a nutritious meal or enough food in their lunchbox, which could hinder concentration in lesson time affecting their intellectual development. The child may not be able to have the same life experiences or opportunities as their peers example afterschool activities or school trips, which may cause problems with bulling and social development.


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