Children Quality of Life

Evaluate the significance of the term ‘quality of life’ in work with children and their families.

The whole concept of ‘quality of life’ can vary in meaning for each individual concerned. It is an elastic concept that’s definition can differ depending on what issues are being addressed and who is actually interpreting its literal meaning. It is also important to recognise that what is meant by ‘quality of life’ can vary not only on an individual basis but also between adults and children. It is therefore dangerous for adults to adopt an attitude that they “know what is best” in this respect, without addressing the child’s perspective..  
In this essay I will assess the significance of the term ‘quality of life’ in respect of children and families and discuss many other interrelated concepts that have a part to play. I will look at various writers’ ideas and weigh up their theories in order to establish how influential the ‘quality of life’ concept is in working with children and families.
Quality of life can be influenced by many factors on an individual, local, national and international level.

Social, economic, psychological, legal and political factors can create structures in society that can in some cases render children as pawn like figures on society’s chessboard. Poverty, deprivation, racism, discrimination and social exclusion continue to exist and can be significant barriers to quality of life for some children
Owusu-Bempah explains ‘As the UNCRC emphasizes, the ultimate aim of childcare practice should ideally be one achieving equality for all children, whoever, whatever and wherever they may be.’
(Owusu-Bempah, 2001, Chapter 5)

However, some children can still flourish and reach the ‘self-actualisation’ pinnacle that Maslow describes in spite of barriers. So perhaps Malsow’s hierarchy model is inconclusive in measuring Quality of Life for children. (Maslow, A)

Historically, childcare had a ‘needs’ based approach that would attempt to...