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The young child, family and community.

This module aims to extend and deepen knowledge of child health and well-being in the context of the family and community networks. Key theoretical approaches and research will be critically examined so that the influences on young children’s health and well-being within the family can be understood within a broader framework of community, current government policy and provision. The way young children and childhood are perceived by societies also impacts on health and well-being and this is explored alongside the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and with reference to international contexts. 

The true wealth of a nation can be measured by the health of its youngest citizens and in the twenty-first century, children’s health is largely determined by social, environmental and economic influences. Children who are healthy emotionally and physically have a resource for building relationships, accessing learning and generally enjoying life’s opportunities. This course explores how factors such as parent-child relationships, family networks and social support, poverty and the safety of the environment impact on children’s early experiences and may have consequences for their later health and well-being. Underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and an ecological approach, this course takes difference and diversity into account to celebrate the right of every individual child to optimum health and well-being.

The sessions will take place on 5 Saturdays (provisionally Jan 20th; Feb 3rd and 24th, March 3rd and April 28th). Each Saturday will follow a similar format of lectures, reading seminars and specialist guest lectures. Assessment is by one 5, 000 word essay.