SUPPORTING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Domestic violence involves a range of behaviours, in addition to physical violence, which taken together constitute an overall pattern of power and control.
Our attitude, what we say and how we behave towards young people seeking help are important: they can be empowering or Dis-empowering.
It is important to ensure that structures, systems, good practice guides and procedures are in place to empower and support children and young people as well as staff.
It is important that professionals have an understanding of the impact which living with domestic violence has on children and young people and how best they can be supported in their lives.
AIMS OF THE WORKSHOP
- to enable participants to identify the wide range of behaviours involved in domestic violence and to develop a common definition of such abuse.
- to enable participants to understand a range of ways in which children and young people may be affected by living with domestic violence.
- to enable participants to explore the potential barriers for children and young people seeking help and identify strategies to reduce them.
- to enable participants to identify positive and negative consequences of leaving situations of domestic violence.
- to enable participants to understand the impact of domestic violence on children and young people and to identify their support needs.
- to enable participants to develop an understanding of the law and child protection policies relating to children and young people living with domestic violence.
- to enable participants to explore methods of communicating with children and young people living with domestic violence.
- to give participants the opportunity to explore a range of interventions for use with individuals and groups.
- to encourage participants to consider their own needs in terms of safety and support for working with children and young people who experience domestic violence.