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2007: Beyond adversity: Giving kids a chance to shine

1 November 2007 The Wesley Report

Abuse and neglect of any kind are bad for all children. For many, the adverse effects continue throughout their adult lives in terms of their inability to form healthy relationships, the development of mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse and even criminal behaviour. While the problems are complex, the study of abused children who have done well despite difficult circumstances provides insight into how to build resilience and best meet the needs of those who have experienced childhood adversity so that they can go on to lead full and happy lives.