When it comes to times of transitions or change, a child or young person should be given the opportunity to talk about what is exactly is going to happen to them so that they can be prepared. In some cases such as bereavement this isn’t always possible to do. When a child or young person is given some warning they get the opportunity to ask questions.
This means any negative or harmful effects on their development can be reduced. There are a number of different types of transition. These may be:
The child or young person may find it hard to establish trusting relationships with adults. They may be more immature than that of their peers or seek attention. Within younger children their emotions may be affected for a length of time after incidents which seem insufficient to other children, young people and adults. This can be the loss of a favourite toy or the loss of a family pet.
This can be difficult for some to do if they are absorbed in the activity they are doing. If this becomes a constant problem for the child or young person it can affect their development by not taking part in other activities or widening their experiences. Another example of what can be physical change could be the changing of school or moving house. The school should have had advance warning of these changes so they can discuss them with the child or young person.