The Archbishop of Canterbury on children’s lives today

I can’t remember the last time I sat down and read a whole book (many of us with small children will be in a similar space, I’m sure). 

Dr. Richard House (Professor of Roehampton University and author of many dozens of publications on child psychology and therapeutic approaches) was the first person to sign my parliamentary petition. 

The least I can do is to sit down with his latest missive and digest it. His latest  book is called Childhood, Well-being and a Therapeutic Ethos…and I ordered it yesterday. The blurb says:

“All is clearly not well with children’s well-being in the Anglo-Saxon West, as witnessed by a steady stream of research reports that place children’s well-being in the UK and the USA very near, if not at, the bottom of international tables. This mounting cultural and political concern for children’s well-being has been buttressed by high-profile media interest in the “toxic childhood” theme popularized by author Sue Palmer, and highlighted in the Open Letter published by the Daily Telegraph; and the chapters in this important new
book arose directly from the addresses given by prominent Open Letter signatories to an expert seminar organized by Roehampton University’s Research Centre for Therapeutic Education in December 2006.

The Archbishop of Canterbury wrote the forward to the book. Rowan Williams describes what is currently happening in our culture:

‘No-one can now ignore the fact that a serious debate about the welfare of children has at last begun in our society. And, appropriately, it has started to open up a wider debate about the nature of learning and even the nature of human maturity. The essays in this collection are significant not only for what they say about childhood but for what they invite us to think about human growth and wellbeing in general.’

– Dr Rowan Williams, The Archbishop of Canterbury

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