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Importance of venue and timing


  • The venue chosen for interacting with child or young person affects the tone and flow of information.  Adults need to consider environments where the child or young person is more likely to feel relaxed and comfortable.
  • The role of the adult is to create an atmosphere in which the child or young person feel that their views can be acknowledged and accepted.


The timing of gaining the child or young person’s views and who is in attendance will also have influencing factors on the child.  For example, if the child or young person is usually unsettled when they arrive at school this may not be a good time to try to gain their views.  Similarly, just before a break may not be a good time as the child may be thinking about joining peers and not fully concentrating.

Last updated 21 September 2020

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