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Unit 024 - Promote Child and Young Person Development
Be able to assess the development needs of children or young people and prepare a development plan
Explain the factors that need to be taken into account when assessing development Factor
• Confidentiality and when, for the safety of the child or young person confidentiality must be breached
Parents or guardians have the right to decide what and if information about their child is collected. They should be asked for written permission to collect observation information about their child. This information should be treated as confidential and should be stored in a secure place. Details of these observations should be treated as confidential unless by withholding such information would harm the well- being of the child. For example, if, from observing a child at play, inappropriate behaviour of a sexual nature was noticed , it would be appropriate to involve the child protection team to investigate. The parents would not need to be asked for permission to disclose information about this kind of observation as it would be in the interest of the child’s safety to do so. • Children’s wishes and feelings
Children’s wishes and feelings should be respected throughout the assessment . If they show signs of feeling under pressure or wish to go and play elsewhere it would be best to stop. A child who is upset or feeling under pressure may not display accurate levels of development. Language used in observations should be respectful and it should be borne in mind that parents can read these records. • Ethnic, linguistic and cultural background
If a child does not perform as expected in a task it could be that he does not understand the language used. If a child does not understand the terms being used, such as 1 more/ 1 less because they are unfamiliar with the terms in this language. If English is their second or even third language ( as for one child I worked with last year) it can be necessary to explain what the concept is in a different way. This may also be because of ethnic or cultural factors. In some cultures, it is not acceptable for children to question what adults say or to have an opinion.. This can have a big impact on a child’s observation assessments as it may suggest that they lack critical thinking skills.
• Disability or specific requirements (additional needs)
When assessing a child, you should take into account any special requirements which need to be taken to ensure young people have the support they need. A child who is physically disabled may need help to achieve certain targets, but they may be able to achieve them with some modifications. It may mean that the...
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