1st Edition

Understanding Children's Needs When Parents Separate

By Emilia Dowling, Di Elliott Copyright 2012
    86 Pages
    by Speechmark

    by Speechmark

    One in four children experiences the separation/divorce of their parents by the time they reach 16 years. When parents separate levels of conflict can be high and significant changes in family relationships continue to take place over time. Whilst in emotional distress themselves, parents often manage to pay attention to the needs of their children and it is this parental support that helps children and young people through this transition. However, when emotions are heightened for the adults, there are occasions when the needs of the children can easily be overlooked. Throughout this time of turmoil and bereavement, it is often the school that provides the children with a secure base. This practical resource will provide schools, parents and professionals working with parents and children with a comprehensive understanding of the needs of children and how it is possible to work with them and their families to face the challenging times in their lives.

    Part 1 Conceptual framework and generic theory Part 2 The separation and divorce process Part 3 The relationships between family and school according to the stages in the family life cycle Part 4 Age and stage reactions to separation and divorce Part 5 Repartnering Part 6 What we have learned from parents, children, teachers, counsellors and others Part 7 What schools can do: a whole school approach Part 8 Keeping an open mind in practice


    Emilia Dowling, Di Elliott