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Children & Domestic Abuse: Safe Practice

November 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: £95 per statutory sector delegate/£75 per voluntary sector delegate/£60 Cedar group-worker, inclusive of buffet lunch

This session is aimed at workers who have regular contact with children and young people and who are seeking an understanding of how domestic abuse can impact on their lives.  The training will explore the Scottish policy landscape in relation to domestic abuse and child protection. There will be a focus on best practice responses to child protection in the context of domestic abuse, including in relation to post separation contact.

By the end of the session delegates will:

  • Have explored the nature of harm and children’s experiences of domestic abuse
  • Be able to identify the ways in which children and young people experience domestic abuse
  • Have an overview of relevant policy and legislation in relation to child protection and domestic abuse
  • Have explored child protection in the context of post separation contact
  • Increased understanding of the importance of listening to children and young people and how difficult it can be for them to be heard
  • Reflect on best practice in supporting children experiencing domestic abuse

The facilitators: Roseanna Macdonald is Children and Young People’s Policy Worker for Scottish Women’s Aid. Prior to this she worked at the Scottish Youth Parliament, supporting young people to express their views to decision-makers and advocating for the meaningful participation of children and young people in the development of policy affecting them. She has worked in a variety of roles in Scotland, the Netherlands and Thailand focusing on women’s and children’s rights, participation and community empowerment.  Nel Whiting is a Learning & Development Worker with Scottish Women’s Aid, where she has worked since September 2003.  Her role takes her throughout Scotland providing learning opportunities to a range of professionals in the voluntary and statutory sector.  She also teaches on the Queen Margaret University ‘Gender Justice’ module.  Her previous employment includes work in Racial Equality Councils in Scotland and her native Wales.  She is author of  several articles and book chapters including “What Can Contemporary Gender Theory Contribute to An Understanding of Abuse in Same Sex Relationships?” which was published in the Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies 2008; Asking About Abuse: Routine Enquiry of Domestic Abuse and Childhood Sexual Abuse Training Pack (with Cosgrove & Beavon) which was published by the Scottish Government Health Directorate in 2011; “Effecting Operational Change Through Training: Challenges and Approaches” in N. Lombard and L. McMillan (eds.) (2012) Research Highlights in Social Work: Violence Against Women, Jessica Kingsley Publications; N. Lombard & N. Whiting, ‘What’s in a name?: The Scottish Government, feminism and the gendered framing of domestic abuse’ in N. Lombard (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence, (Abington: Routledge, 2018); N Lombard & N. Whiting, ‘The unique case of Scotland’ in L. Goodmark & R. Goel (eds.) Comparative Perspectives on Domestic Violence: Lessons from Efforts Worldwide, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).


November 12
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Scottish Women’s Aid
0131 226 6606


Scottish Women’s Aid Office
2nd Floor, 132 Rose Street
Edinburgh, EH2 3JD
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We offer a wide range of training opportunities, drawing nearly 40 years’ experience of working with women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse. We offer specific training to our members, local women’s aid groups, as well as offering learning opportunities for practitioners and policy makers. 

We can provide training on a commissioned basis, tailored to your organisation. For further information contact Nel Whiting.

Download the latest training programme and information leaflet here.

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