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Displacement: critical insights from flood-affected children

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/07/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Health and Place
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)148-154
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date8/06/18
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Little is known about how children and young people are affected by evacuation following flooding. Participatory research using creative methods allowed us to elicit flood stories and recovery pathways over time. We found that children’s relationships with space and place were severely challenged following evacuation from home. They suffered losses, including loss of agency, friendship networks and familiar space. They experienced distress, anxiety and disillusionment with societal responses. Sustained attention by recovery agencies is required to address children’s ongoing needs following evacuation. From policy makers recognition is overdue that young people are citizens who already contribute to community flood response and so need to be more explicitly consulted and included in the development of flood risk management.