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 impact 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
Sandra is currently a freelance VAW trainer, with over 26 years’ experience working in the field of Domestic Abuse.  Her experience includes over a 15 years developing and delivering support for children and young people living in refuge, as well as working for many years as a prevention worker before becoming service manager of South Ayrshire Women's Aid, The Scottish Borders Domestic Abuse Advocacy Service and Women's Aid Orkney.  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 pupils in secondary school called ‘Raising the Issue.’  This study was the first of its kind, in the U.K, to look at Domestic Abuse prevalence within the mainstream teenage population.


Event typeTraining
Time10.00am – 4.00pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.45am)
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 Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234

Facts & Figures

On one day in Scotland in 2014, 67 women and 46 children and young people contacted Women's Aid for the very first time (SWA 2014)

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