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In some people's eyes the development of relationships is a good end in itself, as it is in relationships that we express our humanity. Young people with few good-quality relationships in their lives often find that entering into informal relationships with adults who respect, accept, like and really listen to them is a new life experience. These relationships can offer the young people new perspectives on approaching, developing and managing quality relationships of their own. This free course, Professional relationships with young people, explores different approaches in developing relationships and working practices which can inform work with young people.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify the importance of developing positive professional relationships with young people
  • recognise the qualities and attitudes which support the development of professional and helping relationships
  • describe what a ‘good’ professional relationship is, and some ways to develop them
  • demonstrate awareness that ending relationships positively is as important as planning to develop relationships.

By: The Open University

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Professional relationships with young people

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Relationships are a central aspect of all our lives. We have many relationships, through which we learn the social skills necessary to survive and thrive. Relationships lie at the heart of all effective work with young people and are the foundation upon which you can build your work with them.

In some people’s eyes, the development of relationships is a good end in itself, as it is in relationships that we express our humanity. Young people with few good quality relationships in their lives often find that entering into informal relationships with adults who respect, accept, like and really listen to them is a new life experience. These relationships can offer the young people new perspectives on approaching, developing and managing quality relationships of their own.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course E118 Introduction to working with young people in practice [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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