A practitioner is someone who practices his profession, particularly in medicine. The role of the practitioner in caring for children is to be sensitive to their feelings at all times, and to have a practitioner/child relationship that is based on trust, openness and good communication. This will enable the practitioner to address the child’s individual needs. A practitioner must always be considerate, honest and polite when dealing with a child as this will help to set the child’s mind at ease. They should treat the child with dignity and respect their privacy.
It is important for the practitioner to communicate effectively with the child. They must listen patiently to the child, respect the child’s views, and be sympathetic to the child’s concerns. They should respond to any questions the child might ask with understanding and patience. A practitioner should always be sensitive to the welfare and needs of a child. They must protect and safeguard the wellbeing and health of their young patient, and offer assistance to them if they feel that the child’s rights have either been denied or abused.
When a practitioner communicates with children they must listen to and respect the views of the child and answer any questions the child may have in the best way they can. They should provide any information to the child so that it is easy to understand. The practitioner must also be responsive and sensitive when providing information to the parents or carers of the child. It is important that a practitioner realise that for a child to be happy they need a secure, stable and safe environment in which to live and interact with other children or people. A child will need affection and love. In this way he or she will develop and learn to their full potential.