Research And Advocacy Updates
Books to help broach difficult topics with children
Broaching difficult topics with children was the focus of a panel discussion our Research and Advocacy Department participated in at the 10th Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC), held at the National Library from 5 to 7 September 2019.
Deputy Director, Ms Lin Xiaoling, spoke on a panel that explored ‘Dealing with Difficult Topics in Children's Literature’. She introduced Jun and the Octopus, a picture book launched by the Society in May this year to help caregivers and educators broach the topic of child sexual abuse. Other books discussed included Brave Maeve, a book about childhood cancer by Joanne Poon, and Grey Bear Days by Sabrinah Morad, which touches on parental depression.
Adults can sometimes struggle with broaching difficult or “scary” topics, she said, pointing to how picture books can serve as a gentle but powerful conversation starter. They also allow for discussions to be pitched at different levels.
The Society also conducted a workshop on how to use Jun and the Octopus and storytelling to equip young children with body safety skills, and took part in a “speed dating” session held on the Festival’s fringes to introduce Jun and the Octopus to educators and school librarians. Details on our child sexual abuse prevention programme, KidzLive: I Can Protect Myself, were also shared.
You can get your copy of Jun and the Octopus for $18 (before GST) at Books Kinokuniya, Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop, Closetful of Books, and Woods in the Books. It is also available at our Bishan Office at 9 Bishan Place, #05-02 Junction 8 Office Tower, Singapore 579837.
Resilience study shared at Social Work Research Network Meeting
Findings from our recent research on resilience were shared by our Research Team at the inaugural Social Work Research Network Meeting on 23 October 2019.
Research Officer, Ms Toh Sze Min, shared details on what boosts resilience in children and youth from low-income families during the session on “Children and families work”.
Held at the headquarters of the Singapore Association of Social Workers, the meeting provided a platform for social workers and social work practitioners to present basic research studies and practice research projects. The event brought together over 100 participants and featured 27 presentations. Themes covered included “Empowerment work with different age groups”, “Experiences of the disadvantaged groups” and “Social work practice and the roles of social workers”.
More details on our study can be found in Issue 4 and Issue 6 of Research Bites, the research team’s biannual newsletter.