Category Archives: Sheridan Bartlett

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Environments of Poverty and What They Mean for Child Protection

This paper explores the three-way relationship between poverty, the physical surroundings and children’s exposure to maltreatment, focusing primarily on the low income countries of the global South and discussing the implications for practice. The links between poverty and maltreatment have been widely acknowledged within the academic literature and in the child protection frameworks of agencies and organizations. Yet even so, this relationship is often … Continue Reading ››

Children in the context of climate change: A large and vulnerable population

It is generally acknowledged that low-income countries and poor communities worldwide are most seriously at risk from the probable impacts of climate change. This is not because climate change will necessarily be more extreme in these places (although this will often be the case 1), but because people, their enterprises … Continue Reading ››

Urban children: Discussion of UNICEF programme directions

It is no coincidence that all prosperous nations are predominantly urban. Urbanization goes hand in hand with economic development Nations with the highest economic growth over the last few decades are also the nations that have urbanized most. No country has managed to move into middle income status without urbanizing and industrializing. The recent World … Continue Reading ››

After the tsunami in Cooks Nagar: The challenges of participatory rebuilding

In the context of post-disaster reconstruction, there is growing awareness of the need for more integrated inclusive processes that allow people to retake control of their lives, and that ensure practical responses to local conditions. Yet, a range of pressures and challenges conspire to make these approaches appear unworkable. “Participation” in this context, if it happens … Continue Reading ››

Making Space for Children: Planning for Post-disaster Reconstruction with Children and their Families

This handbook aims at contributing to disaster response reconstruction programmes that not only rebuild the physical living environment but that strengthen the capacity of communities to regain control of their own lives, with a focus on their children's present and future well-being. It considers the Why, What, and How of planning for post-disaster reconstruction with … Continue Reading ››

Capital, capacities and collaboration: the multiple roles of community savings in addressing urban poverty

This paper discusses ideas and methodologies on reducing urban poverty, paying particular attention to the changes that can be triggered by the practice of community savings. As local communities struggle to improve their development options, this practice has demonstrated staying power and relevance in many different nations, cities and contexts, in some cases producing lasting … Continue Reading ››

Finding Hope in Troubled Times

This manuscript reports on research centered on education in times of conflict in Nepal. It addresses a number of questions relevant to children, parents, and communities about education in Nepal, including school management, discipline, teaching, and discrimination. The report concludes with a number of recommendations for both programming and advocacy. The report is organized in … Continue Reading ››

No place to play: Implications for the interaction of parents and children

A disproportionate number of impoverished families live in housing which does not allow easy access to safe outdoor play. This paper uses Bowlby’s theory of attachment as a framework for considering the implications of a lack of outdoor access for parental strategies and for the interaction of parents and children. The situation of … Continue Reading ››

Children’s experience of the physical environment in poor urban settlements and the implications for policy, planning and practice

This paper describes how children’s needs are routinely ignored or misunderstood by urban development policy, plans and practice – and the very high costs this brings for them in terms of ill-health, injury, premature death and impaired physical, mental and social development. For instance, provision for water, sanitation and housing … Continue Reading ››