Impact of divorce on kids explored

A PUBLIC seminar at Southern Cross University this month will explore the impact of divorce and separation on children.

Professor of Childhood Studies and the foundation director of the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University, Anne Graham, will take a close look at the broad evidence based reporting on how children fare with such major changes in family life in the next seminar of the University’s Professorial Lecture series.

“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 policy making, 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.”

She said her presentation would 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.

The seminar, titled 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 via video-link to MLG-13 at the Coffs Harbour campus

To attend the presentation, please RSVP by Monday, July 26, to Donna McIntyre on 6620 3503 or 0427 906 606.

You can also RSVP via email to

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