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What do we mean by quality of life'

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What do we mean by quality of life'? What can be done to improve and promote quality of life for children? This essay aims to look at 'quality of life' and what can be done to improve the quality of life for children. I will aim to define what quality of life is. It also looks at how children's quality of life can be promoted at, national, community and individual levels. It explores the barriers that children face when improving quality of life. It will also try and discuss issues such as the capabilities approach and resilience. One of the major critisms about the study concerning quality of life is the failure to define the term. It is accepted that the definition of quality of life is at least in part dependant on the context in which it is used (clearly non many non medical issues can have a profound effect on the quality of life) and is a uniquely personal matter. 'Quality of life is defined as an individual's perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to the goals, expectations, standards and concerns. It is a broad ranging concept affected in a complex way by the person's physical health, psychological state, and level of independence, social relationships, and their relationships to salient features in their environment.' ...read more.

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In order to provide high quality services to children it will be necessary to listen to children and ask them what they want, after all no one will know better than themselves. Due to the fact children are environmentally and socio economically dependant on their parents, many of the decisions that affect these areas have a direct affect on the child also. In previous years it has always been assumed that the parent knows best. Far too often children's services are subjected to the perception of the adult and what the adult feels the child needs. Children are rarely seen as individuals with their own rights but extensions of their parents. In order to provide quality services for children it will be important for children to be given the opportunity to voice their opinions and be apart of the decision making in events surrounding them. Children are unique and complex and thus difficult to comprehend. They are often unable to engage in dialogue in order to fully explain themselves. In order to promote quality of life it is important for the professionals working alongside children to build strong relationships building the child's self esteem and mutual trust. Allowing the child the opportunity to feel that his or her views are respected, encouraged and supported. ...read more.

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There are three suggested main sources of resilience (Grotberg). The first is called I HAVE - the external supports and resources available to the child that lay the foundation for a sense of security and safety. The second source is I AM - the child's internal, personal strengths, the feelings, attitudes and beliefs within the child. The third source of resilience is I CAN - the child's interpersonal and social skills, the skills learnt through interaction and communication. In order to promote quality of life for children we must first start seeing each child as a unique individual with their own rights and views. Through developing policies based on the child's capabilities instead of their needs we can bring about new approaches to policies and practices which are developed to promote the quality of life for children. WORD COUNT -1498 REFRENCES K204 Course Team (2001) Working with Children and Families, Topic 3. A chapter in the K204 Course Reader, Jeremy Roche Quality of Life for children. In Foley, P., Roche, J. and Tucker, S. (eds Children in Society Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice. Basingstoke, Palgrave. A chapter in the K204 Course Reader, Sandy Ruxton Towards a children's policy for the European Union? In Foley, P., Roche, J. and Tucker, S. (Eds Children in Society Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice. Basingstoke, Palgrave. ?? ?? ?? ?? Shyrl Smith - P.I X1555880 Course - K204 T.M.A 06 - Option Two. 1 ...read more.

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