PROMOTING HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT
To achieve this unit a learner must:
- Describe how carers can enable children to
recover from or adapt to developmental
impairments arising from unmet attachment
- Explain the importance of life story work for
looked after children and young people in
enabling them to form a strong and positive
- Prepare a plan for an intervention with a
child or young person that will enable them to
develop resilience and prepare for the transition
to adult life
- Demonstrate how they have used what they have
learned in this unit in their work with children
and young people
Content and Structure
Enabling children to recover
from or adapt to developmental impairments
arising from unmet attachment needs
The attachment process in
- Key issues for babies: dependency and
- Links between attachment relationships and
- Key stages: stress regulation; trust; empathy
and feelings; impulse and shame.
- Effects of unmet attachment needs.
- Distorted development in relation to
dependency and control.
- Thinking and feeling with a different brain:
sensory awareness, information processing and
- Impairments in: stress regulation, formation
of trust relationships, emotional literacy,
impulse regulation, regulation of shame, and
Helping children to recover or
- Helping children to regulate stress.
- Helping children to develop emotional
- Helping children to regulate impulse and
Life story work for looked
after children and young people: enabling
children to form a strong and positive personal
Life story work and the seven
dimensions of child development
- How the personal narrative of children is
linked to their development in terms of health,
education, identity, family and social
relationships, social presentation, emotional and
behavioural development, and self-care skills
Informal and formal life story
- Day-to-day life and the development of
- Formal life story work with looked after
children: keeping the narrative safe.
Helping children to form a
strong and positive personal narrative
- Working directly with children day by day to
enhance their life narrative.
- Using the review system to encourage and
enable formal life story work.
- Engaging children in formal life story
Intervention with a child or
young person: enabling them to develop resilience
and prepare for the transition to adult life
The importance of resilience
- The impact of transitions on traumatised
- Defining resilience.
- Recognising the strengths and resourcefulness
of looked after children.
- The difference between coping and
- Recognising the link between resilience and
Factors that contribute to
preparing children and young people for the
transition to adult life
- Secure base: assessing security and the
quality of attachments.
- Education: assessing educational development,
attainment and opportunities.
- Friendships: assessing sociability and social
- Talents and interests: assessing existing
activities and opportunities for development.
- Positive values: assessing moral reasoning,
understanding other perspectives and caring for
- Social competencies: assessing autonomy, self-
control, temperament, self-efficacy and
Helping children to develop
- Working ecologically with and for the child
or young person throughout the placement to
promote their resilience.
- Promoting a sense of security and enhancing
the quality of attachments.
- Promoting educational attainment.
- Enhancing sociability and encouraging
- Encouraging the development of existing and
new talents and interests.
- Promoting positive values.
This material provides a notional 30 hours
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