Social Work with Children and Families Across Europe

The ordinary everyday and extraordinary exceptional experiences of children and families across the European nations is a rich and diverse social phenomenon. Coupled with these multifaceted experiences are the diverse social work policy and practice contexts in which vulnerable and disadvantaged families in Europe are located and from which social work interventions emanate. In outlining this scenario it is clear that there is significant opportunity, and indeed necessity, for high quality international research to be conducted in this field.

The Children and Families Special Interest Group will focus on and prioritise developing research understanding, proposals and practices that consolidate empowering and respectful research with vulnerable children and their families. Particular foci of the SIG will be:

Developing innovative and creative participatory approaches to research practice in this domain Expanding and deepening understanding of psychosocial research practices Identifying practice near research methods

The SIG will be convened by colleagues from Finland, Italy and the UK and will offer an inclusive and supportive forum for researchers to explore ideas, devise collaborative projects and collectively contribute to promoting the well being of children and families across Europe.

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Convenors: Silvia Fargion, University of Bolzano, Italy; Michelle Lefevre, University of Sussex, UK; Karen Winter, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Irelan; Gillian Ruch, University of Sussex, UK.

Call for literature relating to domestic abuse perpetrators’ own parents


We are conducting a literature review (and follow up primary research with practitioners), commissioned by the Home Office, and would appreciate your assistance with identifying research evidence and other relevant literature, that is published in English.


We are exploring the nature and impact of domestic abuse perpetrators’ relationships with their own parents or parental figures to determine their role and potential for intervening with perpetrating behaviour (i.e. within the assessment of risk, healing trauma, addressing recidivism, and the building of resilience).


We can readily identify literature on perpetrators’ own histories of being parented and how this feeds into cycles of abuse and control. What is much more difficult to trace is any research on the involvement of perpetrators’ own parents within interventions designed to reduce the risk of further domestic abuse/coercive control. Please could you let us know of any literature (peer reviewed or otherwise) or of any interventions, even those that are not evaluated, that may help us answer:

  • What is the potential for working with perpetrators’ own parents to address the abusive behaviour, under what circumstances, and in what ways?
  • Are there any potential risks for involving perpetrators’ parents to address perpetrator behaviour?

We would be grateful for notifications of any literature by 20th March 2021. Thank you in advance


Katie McCracken

Director, Opcit Research UK (London) and Opcit Research EU (Barcelona)

+44(0) 2079935987, +44(0) 7725819660

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