There are a number of ways that a respectful and professional relationship with children and young people can be established.
It is essential for teachers and teaching assistants to have a good relationship with the children in the school. An example of how a professional relationship can be established is by ensuring that the children are given the opportunity to put their thoughts forwards in their own words. This gives the children a chance to express themselves and make them think that the teacher values their opinions.
Another way to establish a positive relationship with a child or young person is by ensuring that they are given your full attention when they speak to make sure that they know you are really listening to what they have to say. Ways to ensure that this is achieved is by using positive body language, facial expressions, speech and gestures. Listening to what the children have to say and responded appropriately is essential to ensure that a positive and professional relationship is developed with a child.