A significant part of a child’s life is spent interacting with other children: laughing in the playground; discussing plans for a sleepover; working with class mates on a school project; and arguing over friendship. These are commonplace for most children and we don’t often stop to think how these social interactions in school lead on to children becoming socially competent as adults. However not all children develop social competence naturally. Some children will require your support to help them to develop into socially skilled adults. But where do you start and what can you do?