Splitting Up – A Child's Guide to a Grown Up Problem focuses on parental separation. In the book, children of various ages and from different backgrounds give advice to separating parents on how best to support their child, and offer their support to other children going through the same thing.
The children who contributed represent the views and experiences of other children in our society who find themselves caught between parental conflict and separation. Mishcon de Reya is calling for greater therapeutic input to resolve disputes funded by the public purse.
At the end of each chapter, Dr Stephen Adams-Langley, a Senior Clinical Consultant at Place2Be offers insight and practical guidance on how to address some of the issues the children raise in each chapter.
Writer and long-time Place2Be supporter Sophie Dahl has written the foreword for the book - of which all proceeds will go to Place2Be - and input was provided by the Voices in the Middle project.
Commenting on the book, Dame Benita Refson DBE, President of Place2Be, said: "This book has been created to give children's voices a platform. We believe they are not heard soon enough. The children who contributed represent the views and experiences of other children in our society who find themselves caught between parental conflict and separation.
"We want to encourage adults to engage with their children to really understand how their actions affect them, both in the short and long term.
"Here, we are offering a necessary insight into what children of separated parents are going through, advice on how to help them and an opportunity for parents to start a dialogue with their children. Without an outlet for their pain, young people will continue to suffer, and often this suffering will be in silence."
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