Working with Children and Young People

Adults are not always the best reporters of children’s stories, and often when we try and correct or make something right we can end up losing touch with something important. In adapting my approach to working with young people I believe it is important to consider the developmental consequences. On the whole, adults tend to reflect before an action but children often behave and respond differently. Children naturally construct narratives distinct and different from those of adults and tend to assume blame and responsibility when trouble prevails. Whether it is the death of a parent or a sibling, abuse or a trauma, children are actively seeking a reason for something that has happened. Children often feel powerless and out of control of their lives – I see my work as responding to that which is vulnerable and seeks to be listened to and understood. I believe it is important to help and support a young person discover their own influence and power but also to help them see that some things are difficult to know.