This past week I have been preparing for the VIA (Violence and Interpersonal Aggression) Inaugural Conference 2014 at Coventry University. I have a stand there to promote my PhD research project and to give a presentation. Please go to the ‘About the Mothers Apart Project’ for more information on my project.
My presentation is entitled:
Mothers separated from their children in a context of domestic violence:
A situational diagnosis using the PRECEDE-PROCEED model.
and can be found on slideshare
I’m expecting an audience that includes professionals working in the field of domestic violence. I’ll be asking for opinions that will inform a best practice training programme for professionals responding to mothers who have become (or are at risk of becoming) separated from their children.
I would welcome your contributions here about what you think of training for professionals responding to mothers apart. Please feel free to comment on any of the following questions:
1. What is your job title & in what capacity do you work with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and abuse?
- In what capacity have you worked with mothers separated from their children?
- What awareness and understanding do (did) you have of the needs of mothers separated from their children (before the presentation)?
- What training have you had to address these needs?
- Do you or your organisation offer an intervention, or have a policy or procedure for responding to mothers separated from their children? If so, what are they?
6. What do you perceive to be the main barriers to providing an intervention or problems with policy making for this population?
7. If you would benefit from training in responding with best practice to mothers (at risk of being) separated from their children what would be your hopes and expectations of such specialised training?
8. What key element would be important to include in the training content?
9. What would be the appropriate/preferable methods of delivery for such training?
10. What is your age, gender and ethnicity?