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A Good Childhood

Valuing children in today's society

Liz Baddaley

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I am delighted to see children's voices at the heart of these Bible studies. Research from The Children's Society offers new ways of interpreting familiar biblical stories and this material offers a creative means of exploring children's issues in the context of the Christian faith. I heartily recommend them for cell groups or as discussion starters within your church.
The Rt Revd Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro

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What is it like to be a child in the UK today? How does this match up to God's plan for childhood? What are our responsibilities towards the children growing up in our communities?

This resource is designed to help you to explore society's understanding of modern childhood and to inform, improve and inspire all our relationships with children. Supported by online resources including contemporary images and video interviews, it examines evidence from The Children's Society's Good Childhood Inquiry from the Bible's perspective through a series of seven studies for individuals and church groups.

Study themes are:

  • Values - Invites reflection on how adults perceive children and young people, explores whether these perceptions are justified, and investigates what the Bible has to say about the role of love in our neighbourhoods.
  • Inequality - Explores the extent of inequality between British children, and asks whether Christians should accept the current level of disparity.
  • Family - Explores the role that church communities should be playing in protecting children, preparing them for the world and releasing them into their potential, now and in the future.
  • Well-being - Affirms the importance for Christians to understand and prioritise children's well-being, and to consider how adults can be either a help or a hindrance to young people in achieving healthy and happy lives.
  • Friends - To consider the biblical view of friendship and the special importance of friends to young people, and to explore the extent to which adults should seek to determine with whom their children spend time.
  • Lifestyle - Explores how young people's leisure time is spent, how this relates to God's design for childhood, the possible effects of the activities on children and what we can learn from this.
  • Learning - Determines the most important lessons Christianity teaches us, that children, young people and adults all need to learn, and to establish what methods and approaches might be needed to ensure this learning happens.

Explore your role in making childhood better for every child - and be inspired to make a positive difference in your community!

The Children's Society, founded in 1881, is a leading charity committed to improving the experience of childhood in the UK. Its national network of projects delivers specialist services for children who are disadvantaged in their daily lives, including children at risk on the streets, disabled children, young refugees, young carers or those within the youth justice system. Through its lobbying and research, The Children's Society seeks to influence policy and perceptions at all levels so that young people have a better chance in life. For more information, visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk.

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Endorsements

I am delighted to see children's voices at the heart of these Bible studies. Research from The Children's Society offers new ways of interpreting familiar biblical stories and this material offers a creative means of exploring children's issues in the context of the Christian faith. I heartily recommend them for cell groups or as discussion starters within your church.
The Rt Revd Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro

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The Children's Society, founded in 1881, is a leading charity committed to improving the experience of childhood in the UK. Its national network of projects delivers specialist services for children who are disadvantaged in their daily lives, including children at risk on the streets, disabled children, young refugees, young carers or those within the youth justice system. Through its lobbying and research, The Children's Society seeks to influence policy and perceptions at all levels so that young people have a better chance in life. For more information, visit www.thechildrenssociety.org.uk.

Reviews

From the STAR News (Diocese of Peterborough) July 2014

Is childhood in the UK today anything like what God intended it to be? What are the responsibilities of Christians for their children and the young people they know? For the children they see on TV and those at the margins of society? This book contains everything required to run 7 sessions to consider what makes a good childhood. This would be good material for churches wishing to understand more about the life of children and teenagers today or for those who want to broaden their horizons.

Review by Rona Orme

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857461469
  • Published: 18 April 2014
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96