Wellbeing may be high on the agenda of many agencies and organisations, but do we know what it really means and how to develop it in others?
The term itself is seen by some as being vague and woolly, and there is a danger that the underpinning thinking is lost as different groups seek to promote wellbeing as the current ‘must have’ goal.
In their new book, Lucy Maynard and Kaz Stuart take a pragmatic approach to bridging the gap between theory and practice, outlining key concepts in a way that makes them accessible to all practitioners working with children, young people and families (CYPF).
Terms like ‘social justice’, ‘agency’, ‘empowerment’ and ‘critical pedagogy’ can feel intimidating to the uninitiated but are crucial to understanding how we can develop wellbeing.
The authors understand this and clearly explain these and other terms in a way that builds the reader’s confidence and leads them into the case studies that form the second part of the book.
These examples, many based on first hand experience, make the link from theory to practice and provide a framework to apply to different examples in other aspects of work with CYPF.
If you want to understand how your practice contributes to wellbeing, Promoting Young People's Wellbeing Through Empowerment and Agency is essential reading.