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Engaging with Children and Young People

This workshop focuses on keeping children at the centre of good practice and decision making, ensuring that the child’s voice is heard and that participants feel confident responding to children appropriately.  Participants will gain an understanding of the impact of trauma, stress and anxiety on children’s development to support them to engage in age appropriate practice with children. Participants will be able to identify barriers to child centred practice, and explore how to overcome these to keep children as the focus of conversations.

Participants will:

  • Explore effective engagement with children and young people
  • Understand the impact of trauma on children’s development
  • Understand how to engage with children using trauma-informed practice and approaches.
  • Develop skills and identify tools to engage children as active participants in decision making
  • Understand how to keep the child at the centre of conversations with families, whānau and other professionals.
  • Develop skills to have child centred conversations with adults.
  • Understand barriers that impact on professionals keeping the child at centre when talking with adults and identify how to overcome professional dangerousness and defence mechanisms when talking with adults about children’s issues. 

This workshop will include a range of teaching methods and mediums including lecture, small and large group discussions, interactive activities and video clips.  Participants are encouraged to share their ideas and experiences



One day (9.00am - 4.00pm)


Who should register?

Anyone who engages or works with children and young people


For more information email us on info@childmatters.org.nz or phone 07 838 3370