Building and maintaining trust can be difficult, and takes work.
Based on their previous history, children and/or their families may have reason to be distrustful of those who have power to make decisions that can impact their lives. This distrust can manifest as anger, opposition, resistance, and/or non-compliance.
There are also entire communities, such as Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and immigrant/refugee communities, that have historically been and may continue to be subjected to abuse, harm, and exploitation by powerful institutions and individuals.
An effective tool in building trust is transparency. Ways of building trust and promoting transparency can include:
Connecting children/families with interpreters (as needed), family partners and/or peer support, and involving these individuals in conversations when possible to promote open and clear communication.
Using strengths-based language that promotes healing for children and families, while emphasizing the existing resources that families have in place. When interacting with pre- or non-verbal children, TIR adults can community this through their tone of voice, body language, positive physical contact, and play.