Working with Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse

This session is aimed at workers who have regular contact with children and young people and who are seeking an understanding of how living with domestic
abuse can impact on their lives.  Participants need no prior learning of domestic abuse related issues.

Learning Outcomes:

• Awareness of the affects of domestic abuse on children and young people
• Ability to identify the ways in which children and young people of different ages experience domestic abuse
• Ability to describe the broad effects of domestic abuse on a child or a young person
•  Increased understanding of the consequences of women blaming
•  Increased awareness of ways we can support women, children and young people  who have experienced domestic abuse
• Increased understanding of the importance of listening to children and young people and how difficult it can be for them to be heard
• Increased recognition of the importance of providing opportunities for children and young people to speak out; for example through support, play, art and/or discussion

Facilitator: Sandra Paton (freelance trainer).

Sandra Paton is manager of Orkney Women’s Aid, with over 21 years’ experience working in the domestic abuse field. Her experience includes over a decade of developing and delivering support for children and young people living in refuge.  She worked for many years as a prevention worker before becoming service manager of South Ayrshire Women's Aid and The Scottish Borders Domestic Abuse Advocacy Service.  Sandra was a member of the working groups that produced Scotland’s National Domestic Abuse Strategy and the National Training Strategy.   In 2002 she carried out research with secondary school pupils called ‘Raising the Issue.’   This study was the first of its kind in the UK to look at domestic abuse prevalence within the mainstream teenage population.

Event typeTraining
Time10am - 4pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.30am)
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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Staying Safe

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

Facts & Figures

Studies estimate between 31% and 84% of women with a history of domestic abuse meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD. For the general population this is between1.2% and 12%

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