Listening to children experiencing domestic abuse

The aim of this training is to build a solid understanding of the right of children experiencing domestic abuse to have a say in decisions affecting their lives. Using learning from recent participation projects with children experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland, delegates will hear children's views about how decision makers can better hear their voices and support them to enact their rights. There will be a particular focus on how practitioners can support children to make their voices heard in the Children's Hearings System and civil court proceedings. This seminar is aimed at those who work directly with children experiencing domestic abuse and those with responsibility for decision making.

By the end of the session delegates will:

-         Have an overview of the rights of children experiencing domestic abuse
-         Explore creative methods of listening to children and particular considerations for children experiencing domestic abuse
-         Hear key messages from children experiencing domestic abuse on being listened to by decision makers
-         Reflect on the challenges and opportunities for children's voices to be heard in current Scottish systems, including the Children's Hearings System and civil court proceedings
-        Reflect on how this learning can be put into practice

The speaker is Kay Steven. Kay is a passionate advocate of children's rights. She works in the field of equalities policy in the third sector, and has experience of coordinating participation projects for children experiencing domestic abuse to influence policy. Kay has previously worked in campaigns and public affairs in the children’s sector in Scotland, and research on prostitution legislation in England and Wales.

Event typeTraining
Date19/05/2017
Time10am - 4pm
VenueSWA Office, 2nd Floor, 132 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JD
Cost£95 per statutory sector delegate/£75 per voluntary sector delegate/£60 Cedar group-worker, inclusive of buffet lunch
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If you need immediate help contact Women's Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.

You can also phone the domestic abuse helpline on 0800 027 1234

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On one day in Scotland in 2014, 859 women and 400 children and young people were supported by a Women's Aid group (SWA 2014)

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