Working together to promote the rights of children affected by violence against women: an evaluative study

Crawford, Karin and Stevenson, Howard and Karran, Terence (2012) Working together to promote the rights of children affected by violence against women: an evaluative study. In: World Social Work Conference - Social Work Social Development 2012: Action and Impact, 8-12 July 2012, Stockholm, Sweden. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This presentation presented evaluative research of a project that addresses the needs of, and promotes the rights of, children affected by domestic violence and negative family conflict, in a large rural county in the Republic of Ireland. The case study organisation, Mayo Children’s Initiative, was established in 2009 with funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies. With a focus on prevention and children’s rights, the initiative locates much of its work in schools. This presentation draws on one aspect of the evaluation; inter-agency working. It explores how schools and other agencies can work collaboratively, in a complex social environment, to facilitate effective information sharing, co-facilitation of service delivery and development of a shared understanding and standardized approach to domestic violence and negative family conflict.
The research adopted a mixed methods design. Data was collected through questionnaires and focus groups with school children and parents, and semi-structured interviews with stakeholder professionals. This presentation will explore key findings that are transferable to a range of inter-agency practice contexts. In particular;
- The complexity of working across agencies with different priorities and approaches to responding to the issues, in relation to language used and understanding of this area of work;

- The management of complex cross-referral processes embedded in an interagency, collaborative social community approach may be effective, but there is a need for policies that enable agencies to track referrals that they receive and generate;

- There is value in having an organisation that can respond to immediate need in a way that is not mired in bureaucracy. However, such a service can be drawn on to compensate for lack of services elsewhere, when alternative provision may be more appropriate;

- Where a cross-agency network works together ensuring joint ‘ownership’, effective governance and skilful leadership, interagency working can support wider awareness-raising of children’s rights, domestic violence and negative family conflict.

This presentation will provide evidence of a range of creative ways in which services may co-ordinate and facilitate effective multi-agency working to address a complex social issue. A project of this nature can be a catalyst in bringing together agencies interested in supporting victims of domestic violence with specific reference to the needs and rights of children.

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Additional Information:This presentation presented evaluative research of a project that addresses the needs of, and promotes the rights of, children affected by domestic violence and negative family conflict, in a large rural county in the Republic of Ireland. The case study organisation, Mayo Children’s Initiative, was established in 2009 with funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies. With a focus on prevention and children’s rights, the initiative locates much of its work in schools. This presentation draws on one aspect of the evaluation; inter-agency working. It explores how schools and other agencies can work collaboratively, in a complex social environment, to facilitate effective information sharing, co-facilitation of service delivery and development of a shared understanding and standardized approach to domestic violence and negative family conflict. The research adopted a mixed methods design. Data was collected through questionnaires and focus groups with school children and parents, and semi-structured interviews with stakeholder professionals. This presentation will explore key findings that are transferable to a range of inter-agency practice contexts. In particular; - The complexity of working across agencies with different priorities and approaches to responding to the issues, in relation to language used and understanding of this area of work; - The management of complex cross-referral processes embedded in an interagency, collaborative social community approach may be effective, but there is a need for policies that enable agencies to track referrals that they receive and generate; - There is value in having an organisation that can respond to immediate need in a way that is not mired in bureaucracy. However, such a service can be drawn on to compensate for lack of services elsewhere, when alternative provision may be more appropriate; - Where a cross-agency network works together ensuring joint ‘ownership’, effective governance and skilful leadership, interagency working can support wider awareness-raising of children’s rights, domestic violence and negative family conflict. This presentation will provide evidence of a range of creative ways in which services may co-ordinate and facilitate effective multi-agency working to address a complex social issue. A project of this nature can be a catalyst in bringing together agencies interested in supporting victims of domestic violence with specific reference to the needs and rights of children.
Keywords:evaluative research, domestic violence, multi-agency working, children's rights
Subjects:L Social studies > L500 Social Work
X Education > X320 Academic studies in Primary Education
X Education > X900 Others in Education
X Education > X330 Academic studies in Secondary Education
L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
L Social studies > L590 Social Work not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L520 Child Care
L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
College of Social Science > Centre for Educational Research & Development (CERD)
ID Code:6070
Deposited By: Karin Crawford
Deposited On:23 Aug 2012 21:07
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 09:12

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