Professor Anne Graham who will focus on children's social and emotional well-being following separation and divorce at Southern Cross University's next Professorial Lecture.
Professor Anne Graham who will focus on children's social and emotional well-being following separation and divorce at Southern Cross University's next Professorial Lecture.

Seminar looks at kids and divorce

CHILDREN’S social and emotional well-being following separation and divorce will be the focus of a public seminar at Southern Cross University this month.

Second in the popular Professorial Lecture series ‘Having a say: considering the status of children and young people in contemporary social life’ will be held on Thursday, July 29, at 5.30pm in room U-231 at the Lismore campus.

The presentation will be given by Professor Anne Graham, Professor of Childhood Studies and the foundation director of the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University.

It will take a close look at the broad evidence base reporting on how children fare with such major changes in family life.

"The presentation draws on a growing body of research that challenges deeply held assumptions about children and childhood," Professor Graham said.

"Children and young people are of central importance in Australian social and political life and much of our policymaking, planning and resource allocation in key areas of children’s lives – such as education, family law, mental health and out-of-home care – is now being framed in terms of ’getting it right for kids’.

"It is quite remarkable then, that many of the approaches we engage in, and our research, policy and practice, rarely utilise what children and young people may have to tell us about their experience – and what works best for them.

"Likewise, it is somewhat surprising that there are so few forums for children and young people to express their views and ideas – so that these might contribute to improvements in their lives.

"My presentation will focus on the potential of contemporary theory and practice around children’s participation for developing safe, respectful and inclusive approaches that allow for children and young people to have a say about matters that concern them, and to act for their own well-being."

To attend the presentation on July 29 with Professor Anne Graham, please RSVP by Monday, July 26, to Donna McIntyre on 02 6620 3503 or 0427 906 606; or email: donna.mcintyre@scu.edu.au.
 



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