Is there a place for children as emotional beings in child protection policy and practice?

Gabrielle Drake*, Michel Edenborough, Jan Falloon, Tobia Fattore, Rhea Felton, Jan Mason, Lise Mogensen

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The emotional aspects of children’s social relations have generally been marginalised in social science discourse. Children, who participated in the Australian segment of the Children’s Understandings of Well-being (CUWB) project used various media to ‘voice’ the importance for their well-being of emotional relatedness with family, friends, animals and places. In this paper we place our construction of children’s discussion of emotional relatedness in the context of the ‘emotional turn’ in research and briefly describe how the methodology for our project facilitated an understanding of the importance of children’s emotions for their lives in the present. We then focus on the significance for child protection policy and practice, of what children tell us about feeling safe, as this relates to the importance of agency and relatedness with people and also with places.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-134
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Emotional Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


  • children's well-being
  • emotional relatedness
  • child protection
  • agency
  • place and belonging


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