TRANSITIONS A transition is any significant stage or experience in the life of a child or young person that has a bearing on their behaviour and/or development. TRANSITONS: Emotional Intellectual Physiological Physical Children and young people naturally pass through a number of stages as they grow and develop. Often being expected to be able cope with these changes. Some children may have to face very particular and personal transitions not necessarily shared or understood by their peers subsequently it is important to understand a child or young person in context of their life.
Being able to recognise and understand the impact of any transition is vital as is recognising the role of parents and carers in supporting children and young people at points of transition. At these points all parties involved with the child or young person must understand the need for reassurance, advice and support. SKILLS IDENTIFY TRANSITIONS: Listen to concerns Recognise/take account of signs of change in attitude/behaviour Build honest and open relationships Always take into account age, development, family culture and background Manage in a timely manner
Help to reach a positive outcome PROVIDE SUPPORT: Empathise Communicate simple, reassuring messages Reassure children, young people, parents and/or carers Explain what is happening Explore/Examine possible actions/ways to deal with new or challenging situations Identify opportunities to discuss the effects and results of transition Work within your own limitations Make effective links with other professionals if necessary Where appropriate, illustrate the benefits of transition KNOWLEDGE Recognise how children and young people respond to change Consider issues of identity
Be aware of possible signs of transition Know the likely impact of key transitions Understand that additional support may be required when dealing with children/young people with disabilities or special education needs Know when to seek specialist advice Recognise the influence of peer groups and how this may vary according to culture WHEN AND HOW TO INTERVENE: Know about: Organisational procedures Relevant legal frameworks Appropriate referral routes Local resources Understand your own role and it’s limitations as well as the importance of providing care and support