Mr. Mark Seed
Children’s Services Consultant at Child’s World
Biography: Mark Seed is an international educator who has supported children, young people and
families since 1988, in several different countries. He has research degrees in community and youth
work and education, specialising in spiritual development, and is currently based in Cardiff. A keen
European, Mark was formerly Associate Editor of the politico-spiritual journal New Humanity and
Vice-President of the European Social Action Network (ESAN). He is now a member of both the
Alister Hardy Trust and the International Association for Children’s Spirituality.
Abstract: Following the British government’s launch of its Well-being programme in 2010, the ‘wellbeing
agenda’ has become familiar in the context of work with children and young people in the UK.
There has also been a significant amount of research into the ‘spiritual well-being’ of children and
young people. However, ‘spiritual health’ is still a relatively new area of research and practice,
especially concerning the non-religious spirituality of children and young people. My paper presents
a brief review of literature into definitions of children’s spiritual health, followed by a summary of my
relevant research and practice with children, young people and families. I explore the links between
children’s understandings of spirituality and spiritual health, across a range of settings in different
countries. My research findings and practice support the view that wherever we work, we can enable
children from all nations and backgrounds to become spiritually aware and healthy.
Here is a video of his presentation.