From 'Rights to Action': practitioners' perceptions of the needs of children experiencing domestic violence

Alan Clarke, Sarah Wydall

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Not only has research over the past decade documented the emotional and behavioural consequences for children who witness domestic violence, but a number of studies have used children as participants thus, giving them an opportunity to describe their experiences in their own words. In policy terms, there has been a growing emphasis on children's rights and the importance and understanding of children's perspectives on their own lives. Consequently, children can no longer be perceived as forgotten victims where domestic violence is concerned. This paper explores practitioners' awareness of the needs of children and young people living with, and fleeing from, domestic violence. The research, conducted in a rural area in Wales, reveals that although the views of practitioners reflect the concerns reported by young people in other studies, there can be barriers to meeting these needs. While policy prescribes engaging with children, at the institutional level, operational priorities and increasing administrative demands can actually reduce opportunities for working directly with children. These demands may hamper the development of multi-agency practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)n/a
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Early online date21 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2013


  • child welfare
  • domestic violence
  • inter-agency
  • social work


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