Child and Adolescent Violence Towards Grandparent Kinship Carers: Research Findings and Implications for Practice
Child and Adolescent violence towards grandparent kinship carers is a significant and yet under-researched phenomenon. In this webinar, Dr Amanda Holt, will present findings from interviews with 27 grandparent kinship carers from across the UK who are experiencing such violence from the grandchildren they are caring for. The research highlights how the kinship care context shapes the violence, its impacts and grandparents' help-seeking practices with social workers. In light of the findings, we consider how we can improve our response to grandparents' own articulated support needs.
Dr Amanda Holt is Reader in Criminology at the University of Roehampton, London. Amanda joined the University of Roehampton in September 2014 from the School of Law, Lancaster University. She previously worked at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth and, prior to her PhD scholarship, worked as a Research Officer at the Trust for the Study of Adolescence. Amanda's research broadly addresses issues concerned with families, young people and harm. Much of her work in recent years has focused on the problem of adolescent family violence. Amanda is the author of the UK's first book on the topic, Adolescent-to-Parent Abuse: Current Understandings in Research, Policy and Practice (Policy Press, 2013) and is also the editor of Working with Adolescent Violence and Abuse towards Parents: Approaches and Contexts for Intervention (Routledge, 2016). Amanda has completed several research projects on adolescent family violence, has spoken about it at international conferences and on local and national radio and television, and has worked with the UK Home Office to produce the first UK policy guidance on the issue.
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