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Communicating with children

Be strengths-based

Principle 3 - Communication for children should be positive and strengths-based

Strengths-based communication focuses on portraying and nurturing the strengths and potential in every child rather than focusing on the deficits or problems. Using this principle, the goal is not only to teach but also to develop resilience and the capacity to cope. It does this in a healthy way for both large and small struggles in life. It helps move communication from focusing only on problems to suggesting and presenting options and possibilities.

Regardless of country or situation, it means developing communication that invites children to imagine or be transported to seeing things they have not previously experienced; that excites children about possibilities of what they can do today or become in the future; and channels their energy into positive thought and action. Such communication can be transformative.

Guidelines for Principle 3

3A - Build self-confidence as well as competence
3B - Use positive modelling
3C - Include children as active citizens who model social justice and mobilisation
3D - Do no harm



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