Making a difference for children experiencing domestic violence and abuse

30 January 2020, 4.08 PM - 30 January 2020, 4.08 PM

John Devaney, Centenary Professor of Social Work, University of Edinburgh

Room 3.31 Coutts, Wills Memorial Building

This presentation will draw on recent research undertaken by the presenter and colleagues on children and domestic violence.

It is estimated that approximately 4% of all children in economically developed countries are exposed to severe domestic violence within their family, with research highlighting the strong association between domestic violence and child maltreatment. This presentation will draw on recent research undertaken by the presenter and colleagues which explores our developing understanding of the impact of domestic violence on children in its various forms in the immediate and longer term, the professional response and the needs of children in the most extreme situations – when one parent is killed by the other parent.

John Devaney, PhD is the Centenary Professor of Social Work at the University of Edinburgh, and Head of subject. He qualified as a social worker in 1988 and practised in Northern Ireland in services for children and adults with learning disabilities, and then statutory children’s services until taking up his first academic position in 2006. He is a former national chair of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (2012-2015)(now the Association of Child Protection Professionals), and his research interests relate to child maltreatment, domestic violence, the impact of adversity in childhood across the life course, and evaluations of interventions. He is a policy adviser to the Board of Trustees of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), has provided expert advice to the European Commission on domestic, sexual and gender based violence, and was an expert adviser on the NICE Child Abuse and Neglect Guideline development group (2014-2017). He is also a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and convenes the international Community of Practice for the Study of Domestic Homicides. He has published two books in relation to domestic violence, and a number of book chapters and journal articles.


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