Describe with Examples the Kinds of Influences That Affect Children and Young Peoples Development Including, Background, Health, Environment

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Assessment Task TDA – 2.1 Child and young person development.

Task 2 links to learning outcome 2, assessment criteria 2.1 and 2.2.

Describe with examples the kinds of influences that affect children and young people’s development, including:
- background
- heath
- environment

While children are influenced by many things, there are no stronger influences than that of their parents. Parents are usually their children’s first playmates, and while there world expands with each passing year, parental influence is still one of the greatest factors in determining the ways in which the child will grow and develop.

Background: Naturally parents want to see their children do well. Sometimes though in an effort to keep kids safe,
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university/secondary school – where the child does not want to be, possibly leading to the child having a low self esteem and a lack of self respect.

However there are many other influences that affect children and young people’s development. Moving house may possibly mean moving to another school, losing contact with old friends and trying to achieve acceptance in a new school.

If a child is successful in school this can lead to sibling jealousy/rivalry if the siblings are less able.

Children can also fall foul, and have their development affected, if they have inappropriate role models outside the home, leading to a child making the wrong personal choices and ending up involved in drugs and or crime.

Other things to take into consideration are: • a lack of parental care/guidance/control; • financial problems/poverty; homelessness all can lead to a child having little or no aspiration, especially if parents have no qualifications or are jobless and claiming benefits and can’t get out of poverty trap; • negative early experiences in previous settings or an abusive family background can be seen as the normal for a child who knows no difference; • difficulty with language English as Second Language (ESOL); • family problems at home which could affect the child emotionally and sociably, for example if there is a lot of arguing at home the child may start to feel scared to interact with other people due to a fear of arguments being

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