Safeguarding Child Series - Working with Hard/Difficult to Engage Children and Parents
Engagement is establishing an open and constructive relationship that enables a mutual understanding and an ongoing commitment to shared goals with the children and parents.
When considering the process of engagement with families, it is worth highlighting that often those techniques that work in one situation may not work in another. Analysing each situation and taking a suitable approach is crucial.
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There are a number of challenges when it comes to engagement. It is important to remember that in the first instance the challenge is to positively engage whilst the second is to avoid disengagement. When approaching the process of engagement it is also necessary to consider the reasons and motives both for families to engage positively and those reasons for failing or avoiding engagement.
This training will give professionals an understanding of why children and parents are hard to engage and to support professionals by introducing tools and techniques that can be utilised to better engage families.
Welcome, Introduction and Housekeeping
Definitions of difficult to engage children and parents
Identifying pen portraits of difficult to engage children and adults
Understanding why professionals need to engage with hard to reach clients
Understanding why some people are hard to engage:
How to improve engagement
Evaluation and Close
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By the end of this participants will:
- Understand what is meant by ‘difficult’ to engage: definitions and participant experiences
- Understand why professionals need to engage with children and families: demonstrating how problems can become entrenched, and escalate over time leaving families stuck if not worked with.
- Understand why some people are difficult/hard to engage: understanding the relationship between:
- Learn from past experiences and current interaction style and need
- Stress and emotional arousal.
- Understand how can engagement be improved: tailoring intervention styles to meet the attachment styles of family members and managing the emotional climate in sessions.