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Children, Young People and Flooding: Recovery and Resilience



This is a qualitative data collection gathered with two groups of children and young people (from one rural and one urban location) who were affected by the 2013/14 UK winter floods. The project had three key aims: first, to understand the children’s experiences of the flood, their resilience and the longer-term recovery process; secondly, to illuminate the relationship between children’s multi-sensory experience of flooding and the recovery strategies they developed; and thirdly, to understand how children can best be supported in a flood, what their unique needs might be and how to enhance their resilience to future emergencies.

The data set is comprised of a mix of transcribed group conversations and photographs collected during four day-long workshops in each location during the 2014-15 school year. The recorded conversations and photographs (taken by the participants and researchers) were gathered during walks with the children around local areas that had been flooded. Further conversations then took place in ‘Photo Talk’ sessions and in Sandplay and Modelling sessions when the children created individual and group 3D representations of their experience. Other conversations comprised semi-structured, one-to-one interviews with some of the young people who requested an interview, as well as with adults affected by flooding and involved in community response and recovery.
Date made available1/04/2019
PublisherLancaster University
Date of data production1/09/2014 - 30/09/2016
Geographical coverageEngland

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