Children’s concerns about their parents’ health and well-being: researching with ChildLine Scotland

Kathryn Backett-Milburn, Sharon Jackson

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Abstract

This paper reports on collaborative research conducted with ChildLine Scotland, a free, confidential, telephone counselling service, using their database. We focussed on children's calls about parental health and well-being and how this affected their own lives. Children's concerns emerged within multi-layered calls in which they discussed multiple issues and problems in their lives such as alcohol misuse, drug misuse, domestic violence, family relationships, depression, mental health problems and bereavement. We discuss how children were making sense of these experiences; how they were trying to get by in difficult family circumstances; whose help they valued; and conclude with implications for policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-393
Number of pages13
JournalChildren & Society
Volume26
Issue number5
Early online date10 Aug 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • ChildLine Scotland
  • domestic violence
  • family relationships
  • drugs misuse

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