publication . Article . 2006

‘From awareness to practice’: children, domestic violence and child welfare†

Mark Rivett; Shaun Kelly;
  • Published: 10 Aug 2006 Journal: Child Abuse Review, volume 15, pages 224-242 (issn: 0952-9136, eissn: 1099-0852, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
This paper traces the development of social care practice in relation to child witnesses of domestic violence. It suggests that this development has been dominated by subsuming the needs of these children into a child protection process. The paper outlines how this has led to significant (but often unclear) legal and policy initiatives which have failed, as yet, to be translated into practice. The paper argues that there are a number of important reasons why child witnesses of domestic violence should not always be assumed to need the response of a child protection system and that a future practice, legal and policy response should be based on a wider understand...
free text keywords: Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health, Law
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