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Communicating with children

Address the child holistically

Principle 2 - Communication for children should addresss the child holistically

Research from the fields of health, nutrition, psychology, child development and anthropology, among others, confirms that all aspects of child development are interconnected. Physical, social, emotional and cognitive development are inextricably linked. A child can be bright, but live with neglect or abuse. A child can be well fed, and yet yearn for love. A child can be loved, but can be physically or emotionally fragile.

Communication that balances and gives complementary attention to all their developmental needs best serves all children, from infants to adolescents. In many countries, producing holistic communication has been a cost-effective way of meeting the needs of children and caregivers on several cross-sectoral issues.

Guidelines for Principle 2

2A - Use an integrated rather than single-issue approach to communication
2B - Offer positive models for adults in their relationships with children
2C - Create “safe havens” as part of communication



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