Supporting children's social and emotional well-being: does 'having a say' matter?
This article argues the importance of ensuring initiatives aimed at improving children’s social and emotional well-being are based on sound participatory principles. The discussion posits links between the recognition of children, dialogic approaches to participation, changing conceptualisations of children and childhood, and children’s well-being. It explores these links in light of one particular initiative, Seasons for Growth (Graham, 1996, 2002, Seasons for Growth; Loss and Grief Education Program. MacKillop Foundation), an education programme built around emerging evidence that giving children a voice assists them to adapt to family change. The paper concludes with insights into what is involved when we locate notions of ‘having a say’ as a key element in promoting children’s well-being.
Post-print of: Graham, A & Fitzgerald, RM 2011, 'Supporting children's social and emotional well-being: does 'having a say' matter?', Children & Society, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 447-457.
The publisher's version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1099-0860.2010.00295.x