Child to parent violence (the aggressive and violent behaviour of children and adolescents at home) has received scant attention in practice, policy and research literature and this form of family violence remains poorly understood. Policy makers, practitioners and researchers face uncertainty in relation to developing effective responses to this under-recognised form of family violence.
Addressing the themes of interventions and programmes and building an evidence base, this proposed workshop presents the preliminary findings of interviews with practitioners from social work, family support, psychology and other disciplines who were interviewed about policy and practice with families where child to parent violence occurs. Participants in this research also described their responses to their participation in a two day training Non Violent Resistance (NVR) Programme for practitioners working with parents. Practitioners for the research were from Dublin and the west of Ireland.
The objectives of the workshop include increasing practice and policy awareness about violence and abuse in families by examining the use of violence by children and young people at home towards parents and developing practitioner and research skills in responding to this problem. Case examples and direct responses from the research participants will be shared. Delegates will be invited to take part in small and larger group discussions about their initial responses to the NVR Programme and about their views on how best to respond to this emerging issue in policy and practice.