Researching violence with children: Experiences and lessons from the UK and South Africa

Radford, Lorraine and Lombard, Nancy and Meinck, Franziska and Katz, Emma and Mahati, Stanford (2017) Researching violence with children: Experiences and lessons from the UK and South Africa. Families, Relationships and Societies, 6 (2). 239-256(18). ISSN 2046-7443 (Accepted for Publication)


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The impact of violence on children's health and development has had growing attention in global and national politics. Research on children's experiences of violence has increased in recent years and this paper aims to add to this literature by highlighting key messages and learning points from the experiences of researchers who have worked with children and violence across the different contexts of the UK and South Africa. As qualitative and quantitative researchers, our concepts, aims, methods,resources and approaches were very different but we all faced similar challenges in working with children and violence in contexts were adults' views about what violence counted predominated. We argue that children's participation in research and highlighting children's own understandings, agency and negotiations in relation to violence are crucial for challenging sometimes unhelpful taken for granted views about the impact of violence on children's lives.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: childhood; cross national research; child abuse; family violence; domestic violence
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Social Work, Care and Justice (up to 31st December 2017)
Depositing User: Dr Emma Katz
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 16:47
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2018 02:09

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