Children are learning to talk through a mixture of fear and confusion, and some of them are struggling to cope.

Here are some things to think about.


Talking through the panic and uncertainty of rural areas When I visit a country with a low population density, I get to see the very poorest people.

For them, life is tough, and I have to ask questions.

So I try to listen to what they are saying and ask questions in the way they are talking.

That’s what I do with my rural child carers.

I try and listen to them, but also to the children themselves.

They are really curious and really want to learn.

The best way to get to know them is to talk them through the fears and confusion they are having.

I’m talking to them about their fears and anxieties, and then asking them to try to think things through and see where they might be going wrong.

They can be quite helpful in this.

I am trying to help them to understand what is going on and then work through that in a way that they can understand.

But I also have to listen.

They know they need to listen and they understand that I am interested in what they have to say, but that they need help.

So the best way for me to work with them is not just to ask them questions and explain what they need, but to help.


Learning from the experiences of others I try not to be afraid of the child, but when I am, I want them to be able to understand the world around them, and the way I am interacting with them.

I like to work through this process of listening, thinking and asking questions.

I find it hard for them to hear that I’m interested in them, that I want to help, that they might need help with their problems.

Sometimes they say, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.

I’ve been working on that for a long time and I don’t understand you.’

That’s the worst.

I want that for them, too.


Sharing experiences in rural areas I have been working with rural children since I was a young child, so I am always looking for ways to share my experiences of living and working in rural England.

I work with groups of young people from different backgrounds who have the same challenges and have the exact same challenges in their lives.

I do that by talking to these young people, listening to their stories and taking their perspective.

If I hear that someone has had a bad experience in rural school or a bad day, or a child has had to go on an education absence because of a bad relationship, then I ask them to tell me their experience of living in rural education, and how it has shaped their lives and their lives around the country.

I can’t just talk to them from the outside.

I have had a good experience of working with them, as well.

And I hope that I can do more in rural life and in rural communities.


Working with children with mental health issues I work very closely with my Rural Child Carers Association (RCCA) and its members.

I go out with them to visit rural areas and meet children who have been in care.

I get a sense of what they’re going through and I try my best to be as supportive and as accepting as possible, even though I don

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