Lesley and I are doubly excited to be part of the Good Childhood Conference and that Robyn Miller (Principal Child Protection Practitioner, Victoria) will be launching our new book Social Work and Domestic Violence: developing critical and reflective practice.
The Good Childhood Conference reminds us of all that it important to create the context in which children can thrive.
Too often issues of domestic and family violence slip to the background when we talk about children and young people’s vulnerability.
It speaks to the breadth and depth of the conference that the complexity of children’s lives, including the issues of violence and abuse will be explored and discussed.
Our own understandings of domestic and family violence strive to recognise that children live in the context of their family relationships.
Strengthening the mother-child relationship and recognising the importance of accountability and responsibility are two central themes.
For Lesley and I, the book is the culmination of 30 years of working as practitioners, advocates and researchers in the domestic and family violence area. Our book is written for practitioners and for students.
It has chapters relevant to working with children, women and men where there is domestic violence and highlights the importance of working in a multi-agency context.
Issues of diversity are raised at the beginning of every chapter and then worked through as a theme to frame the context for working with children, women and men where issues of violence and abuse provide the backdrop to family life.
With thanks to guest blogger Cathy Humphreys, for this contribution.