Welcome back! We hope you had a great holiday break and have come back to work with renewed enthusiasm! The Network is back this semester, beginning with our January seminar by Yan Zhu, a PhD Candidate in Social Policy (Childhood Studies) on 24 January at 4 pm. There she will present her fieldwork from her time researching in a rural boarding school in China, investigating the possibility and necessity of involving children as a source of help to contribute to children of migrant parents’ wellbeing, particularly in their friendships. For those in childhood studies and particularly for anyone with an interest in child participation issues, this is for you!
Friendship with peers as a source of help for children of migrant parents: the case of a rural boarding school in China
Yan Zhu, PhD Candidate Social Policy (Childhood Studies)
24 January 4:00 pm, Room 1.12 Chrystal Macmillan Building
Children of migrant parents in rural areas of China are normally defined as a group of children who are under 16 years old and remain in rural areas while both of their parents move to urban areas as migrant workers, or one parent moves to the city as a migrant worker and the remaining parent has no ability to provide care to the child. As a group of vulnerable children, children of migrant parents have attracted a lot of attention in China in recent years. Many policies and practices were launched with an aim of supporting children of migrant parents to improve their wellbeing. However, it seems that the majority of these policies and practices are adult-led approaches with very limited space for child participation. Thus, the presentation will focus on discussing the possibility and necessity of involving children as a source of help to contribute to children of migrant parents’ wellbeing; particularly on exploring what kinds of help children could gain from their friendships with peers in the context of boarding school.