Arguments between children

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Responding to arguments or disputes between young people

  • respond quickly
  • avoid assigning blame; allow each young person an equal opportunity to give their side of the story
  • establish all the facts; don’t make assumptions
  • support the young people to understand how the other person may feel
  • positively acknowledge where a young person has owned up and/or apologised
  • if a young person has not owned up, rather than force the issue, focus on what happened and ask young people what they can do to prevent a reoccurrence
  • try to find a way to defuse an incident so that no one loses face.

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