Children’s Services and Intergenerational Relationships

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Childhood and Youth Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 February 2022) | Viewed by 625

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School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Griffith University, Meadowbrook, QLD 4131, Australia
Interests: social and emotional development of children (birth to twelve years); outside school hours care; extended education; critical reflection; workforce capacity; intergenerational programs
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Intergenerational programs are becoming increasingly important sites of interactions for children, young people and older adults. Intergenerational programs provide learning opportunities, care and social support for children and older adults in the same setting, at the same time. These opportunities sustain relationships with an increase in interactions, and exchange of knowledge and skills to benefit wellbeing across generations.

There are a number of different approaches to configure intergenerational programs and practices in children’s services. Intergenerational initiatives are organised by early childhood services, schools, community-based organisations and services for older adults. The impact of nurturing intergenerational relationships in these services has positive effects for children, young people, older people and their families. These impacts are being examined from social, ecological and economic perspectives. Intergenerational initiatives may be guided by management and workforce capabilities as well as policy and regulatory mandates. These structures have the potential to enhance or provide barriers for children’s services promoting intergenerational relationships. For example, building regulations for physical resources for child care services and aged care services can be a barrier for the flow of individuals when services are co-located. The physical environment is as significant as the social and emotional environment. The execution of intergenerational programs that build relationships is receiving attention from a number of perspectives, particularly in relation to the benefits for older people; the benefits for children and children’s services are less well known.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to invite papers that explore and investigate the idea of children’s services and intergenerational relationships in different contexts and from various perspectives. We welcome contributions from all the social sciences including social work, social policy, sociology, anthropology, pedagogy, psychology, history, philosophy, and law, together with interdisciplinary papers. Articles might have theoretically and methodologically diverse approaches, and can cover the idea of intergenerational relationships in children’s services from conceptual, empirical, policy and/or practice perspectives.

Dr. Jennifer Cartmel
Guest Editor

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  • Intergenerational practice
  • older persons
  • children
  • reminiscing
  • pedagogy
  • workforce
  • intergenerational policies
  • intergenerational programs
  • intergenerational environments

Published Papers

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