Hearing the Voices of Children provides a fresh perspective on social policy. At the heart of the book is the emergence of 'children's voices' and the implications of this for social policy. The authors argue that children's voices should be heard much more strongly in the process of policy formation at all levels. Although there is growing support for this idea, it is not without opposition, and the authors themselves make many critical points about the current attempts to put it into practice. The book is divided into four main themes: hearing children's voices; discourses of childhood; children and services; and resources for children. Childhood experts from the UK, Scandinavia, Germany and Australia, examine how assumptions and models about childhood and discuss ways in which children's voices might become more influential in shaping policy. There are many obstacles to overcome, but the contributors to this volume show that children's participation is possible, and needed, if services are to be improved. This book is essential reading for students and academics in the field of childhood studies, sociology, social policy and education. It will also be of interest to practitioners in the social, child and youth services.
"Among the scores of books concerning divorce, rarely have the voices of the innocent victims--the children--been heard. In Dr. Royko's deeply moving assemblage of the kids' sometimes troubled yet revealing thoughts, we hear them at last" --STUDS TERKEL, author of Working "The silent sounds of family breakups are captured with startling clarity by Dr. David Royko, who helps us to hear the observations and intimate revelations of those who have the least control of the process and who are most affected by it. By giving voice to these silent witnesses, Dr. Royko confirms for us working in the field--lawyers, judges, mediators, social workers, and therapists--the devastating impact of divorce on those least able to cope, and the need for divorcing parents to develop an awareness of the child's perspective." --BENJAMIN S. MACKOFF, former presiding judge of the Cook County Domestic Relations Court and director of family mediation services, Schiller, DuCanto and Fleck "Dr. David Royko's Voices of Children of Divorce provides sage observations from the children who have been the witness of adult folly. The book is truly wonderful in that it allows children with vastly different experiences to share their perspectives with clarity and focus, in the process teaching adults how to better manage divorce." --BENNETT L. LEVENTHAL, M.D., Irving B. Harris Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Chicago "At last we hear from that silent majority, the children, who are always the victims in divorce. Dr. David Royko's collection of their candid observations should move divorcing parents to reevaluate their priorities and their behavior." --JENNY GARDEN, author of The (Almost) Painless Divorce: What Your Lawyer Won't Tell You
THIS BOOK seeks to lift up the voices of children in both the Old and New Testaments. Twelve stories highlight the voices of these children, showing ways in which select children play a significant role in the outcome of the biblical narrative. Additionally, readers receive insights into ways they can relate to children today and also relevant lessons they can learn based upon the biblical text. Each chapter offers discussion and reflection questions for individual or group study.
This book explores a central methodological issue at the heart of studies of the histories of children and childhood. It questions how we understand the perspectives of children in the past, and not just those of the adults who often defined and constrained the parameters of youthful lives. Drawing on a range of different sources, including institutional records, interviews, artwork, diaries, letters, memoirs, and objects, this interdisciplinary volume uncovers the voices of historical children, and discusses the challenges of situating these voices, and interpreting juvenile agency and desire. Divided into four sections, the book considers children's voices in different types of historical records, examining children's letters and correspondence, as well as multimedia texts such as film, advertising and art, along with oral histories, and institutional archives.
A delicate and heartfelt story of the golden, ephemeral, uncertain world of childhood, this novel—set in a rural mining village in South Wales in the years leading up to the Second World War—re-creates a magical but alive world that resonates with the real and imagined memories childhood.