The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare in Victoria has taken a strong interest in the issue of child / adolescent to parent violence and abuse, recognising gaps in knowledge and understanding through their work on Family Violence. “Funded by Family Safety Victoria (FSV) and in consultation with Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic), the Centre is leading this state-wide initiative aimed at identifying, translating and embedding the best available research and practice expertise to build the evidence base in relation to adolescents who use violence in the home.” The project aligns with recommendations in the Royal Commission into Family Violence and Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children, about bridging knowledge gaps and providing appropriate supportive interventions which recognise that young people can simultaneously cause harm and require care and support themselves.
Following a cross-sector consultation and a symposium co-hosted in March, the third phase of the project involves the production of tools and resources for practitioners working in this field. You can find out more about the project on the CFECFW website. The resources have been made freely available and you can access this information, as well as more detail of their work through the Outcomes webpages.
Resources available include:
- MARAM (Multi agency risk assessment and management) Practice note update: Resource for working with adolescents using family violence and their families during coronavirus (COVID-19) period.
- MARAM practice guide for professionals working with adolescents who use violence in the home (Under development).
- Interview with the Assistant Commissioner of the Family Violence Command, Victoria Police.
- Menu of evidence informed practice (Under development).
- Scoping review on identification, assessment and risk management (Under development).
- Symposium presentations
- PIPA (positive interventions for perpetrators of adolescent violence in the home) Project report launch.
Many thanks to the Centre for undertaking this work and for making the resources freely available! This is a field of work where knowledge and understanding are developing at a fast pace, and so it is extremely helpful to be able to access such a valuable resource.
I am always delighted to publicise any similar work if individuals or organisations wish to share it.