Until relatively recently, the focus of research, policy and intervention
responses to domestic abuse and violence within families has been almost
exclusively on the behaviour of adults rather than on the violence within
families carried out by children and adolescents. As a consequence, 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.