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Observations to gain views

  • Direct observations, including pictures, role play, small world play and the use of puppets and avatars can result in some good information about the child or young person. This type of play is more effective at child level and eye contact should be sought as much as possible, along with genuine interest in what the child or young person is saying.
  • Direct observations, including pictures, role play, small world play and the use of puppets and avatars can result in some good information about the child or young person. This type of play is more effective at child level and eye contact should be sought as much as possible, along with genuine interest in what the child or young person is saying.
  • Adults must ensure that they do not place value on certain things a child or young person says through the way they record and thus change the child’s meaning through their own interpretation.
  • When asking questions, adults should listen carefully to responses and also consider the tone, facial expressions and body language of the child or young person. This will help to inform views and helps assess situations more accurately so the right support can be provided.

Last updated 30 November 2020

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