Understand the Potential Effect of Transitions on Children and Young People’s Development.

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Understand the potential effect of transitions on children and young people’s development.

Through out our lives we are confronted by changes. People, places and even our own bodies change. We are faced by ongoing periods of transition as things alter from how they were to how they are now. Transitions can positively or negatively impact on children and young people’s development depending on how they are supported and the change is managed.

There are several types of transition children and young people face, including, emotional, physical, physiological, and intellectual that if not correctly handled can have a negative impact on development.


The loss of a loved one, a pet (close deaths)
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Moving Country
A child may have no previous educational experience as they have moved from a country where formal education begins at a later age. They may suffer from ‘culture shock’ if they have gone from a small village in an undeveloped country to a highly developed fast paced one. The strangeness of a new country may leave them unsettled and confused. They may feel excluded as they do not understand how to behave in a new culture and may have a language barrier to overcome. This can also be a positive transition as the child may go from an environment with no access to education and to one that offers them the possibility to develop in new and exciting ways.

Travelling Communities
The children of travelling communities may face the same transitional issues as those who come from a different cultural background, and have to face a new school, and different peers. They may find it hard to establish new or meaningful friendships because of their itinerant lifestyle. Moving from one activity to another
A child may find it difficult to change activity if they are particularly absorbed in what they are doing and resent the change. They may not fully engage in the new activity because they are unhappy about the change over and therefore deny themselves a development opportunity. This can sometimes be a positive transition too, when a child is moved from an activity in which they

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