Intersectional Yet Individual Experiences: The Importance of Acknowledging, Conceptualising and Contextualising Separated Childhoods

Lopa Bhattacharjee, Su Lyn Corcoran, Helen Underhill, Joanna Wakia, Eddy Walakira

In this editorial published in the special edition of the Global Studies of Childhood journal focused on separated childhoods in April 2022, the authors aim to create the space to gather and share new findings from around the world, especially evidence that centres on the voices of children and family members with lived experience of separation, and on the practical experiences of social service workforce who are key to providing adequate support to strengthen the capacity of families to remain together and to reunite safely.

This is especially important at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is leading to significant numbers of children losing their caregivers and forcing many more to migrate or change their sources of livelihoods.