Knowledge in Child Psychology

When a child is unable to ask for what they need or to express how they feel, this can impact their behaviour. For example, becoming angry or frustrated.

Understanding a child’s or young person’s development and cognitive state is essential to provide support and stability to their learning, their self-esteem and their understanding of the world. If an adult understands the child and their mental and physical developmental stages, the adult is able to identify and provide the best support and opportunities for that child.

“The parent- child connection is the most powerful mental health intervention known to mankind.”  – (Bessel Van Der Kolh)

If a child is displaying different behaviours, the adults around that child need to look beneath the behaviours to find the cause, rather than focusing on the behaviours. As such, this will support the mental health and development of the child or young person by enabling them to process and heal from the cause which brought the feelings, consequently create behaviours to themselves or the world around them.

If you do have any concerns for a child or a young person, please talk to your local Children’s Services or you can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.

If you ever feel a child is in danger and needs immediate support, please contact the Police on 101 and request a welfare check. If the concerns are life threatening or dangerous contact the Police on 999.

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