Final project report for ‘Children, Young People and Flooding: Recovery and Resilience’
Children are known to be acutely affected during and after floods, losing their homes, friendship networks and familiar surroundings. They also see adults under great strain and witness the exceptional and long-term tensions that flooding brings about. Research also shows that children play a major role in recovery work, yet disaster and emergency plans still largely view children as victims and as an homogenous ‘vulnerable’ group, thus ignoring and disenfranchising them. Recognising children’s perspectives and capacities is a vital part of the process of building community resilience. A better understanding of how flooding, and other disasters, affect children and thus how to build their insights into recovery practices can inform more effective policy, enhance resilience and reduce the impact of future emergencies. We explored children’s and young people’s experiences of the UK winter 2013/14 floods and worked with them to develop ways of improving policy and practice to provide better support and enhance resilience.
Mort M, Walker M, Lloyd Williams A, Bingley A & Howells V
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