Childhood – Resources

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A Letter to the Future From Kid President

Helen Pearson (2017) Lessons from the longest-running study of human development in the world. TED.

There are also a number of relevant videos on the Education Resources page – eg this one from Rita Pierson:

Rita Pierson (2013) Every kid needs a champion. TED.


Family Links (UK)

Family Lives UK

National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) (Australia)

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) (UK)

Goodstart Early Learning (Australia)


Rosemary Roberts (2010) Wellbeing from Birth. Sage.

June Statham & Elaine Chase (2010) Childhood Wellbeing: A Brief Overview. (includes the voices of children). Chase Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre.

Silvia Exenberger & Barbara Juen (2014) Well-Being, Resilience and Quality of Life from Children’s Perspectives: A Contextualised Approach. Springer.

Philippa Perry (2020) The Book You Wished Your Parents Had Read (and your children will be glad you did). Penguin.

Tak Wing Chan & Anita Koo (2011) Parenting style and youth outcomes in the UK. European Sociological Review, 27(3), 385–399.

Emilia Dowling & Di Elliot (2012) Understanding children’s needs when parents separate. Speechmark Books.

Urie Bronfenbrenner (Ed.) (2005) Making human beings human: Bioecological perspectives on human development. Sage.

John Bowlby (1988) A secure base: Parent-child attachment and healthy human development. Basic Books.

Ken Clark & Gary Ladd (2000) Connectedness and autonomy support in parent-child relationships: Links to children’s social-emotional orientation and peer relationships. Developmental Psychology, 36, 485- 498.

James Gleeson, Chiang-Ming Hsieh & Qiana Cryer-Coupet (2016) Social support, family competence, and informal kinship carer parenting stress: The mediating and moderating effect of family resources. Children and Youth Services Review, 67, 32-42

Sonja Jütte, Holly Bentley, Dan Tallis, Julia Mayes, Natasha Jetha, Orla O’Hagan, Helen Brookes & Nicola McConnell (2015) How safe are our children? The most comprehensive overview of child protection in the UK. NSPCC

Holly Bentley, Andrew Fellowes, Stephanie Glenister, Niamh Mussen, Hannah Ruschen, Bethany Slater, Michelle Turnbull, Tom Vine, Paddy Wilson & Sarah Witcombe-Hayes (2020). How safe are our children? 2020: An overview of data on abuse of adolescents. NSPCC

Emmy Werner (2005) What can we learn about resilience from large-scale longitudinal studies? In Sam Goldstein & Robert Brooks (Eds.), Handbook of Resilience in Children. Springer.

Bonnie Kaul Nastasi & Amanda Borja (2016) International Handbook of Psychological Well-Being in Children and Adolescents: Bridging the Gaps Between Theory, Research, and Practice. Springer.

Goodstart Early Learning (2017) Creating a sense of belonging for all children.

Family Lives UK: Parenting a teenager can be exhausting so it’s important to look after yourself too.

Elizabeth Gershoff (2013) Spanking and Child Development: We Know Enough Now to Stop Hitting Our ChildrenChild Development Perspectives, 7(3), 133-137.

Jorge Cuartas, David Weissman, Margaret Sheridan, Liliana Lengua & Katie McLaughlin (2021) Corporal Punishment and Elevated Neural Response to Threat in ChildrenChild Development, 92(3), 821-832. “This Harvard study says spanking and other forms of corporal punishment have a negative effect on the brain similar to abuse. We need to stop hitting kids – full stop.”  – Sue Roffey.