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Title: Head teacher and school responses to children who have been exposed to domestic violence
Author: Kraft, Jennifer
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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Domestic violence is increasingly recognised as a serious social problem that may cause severe negative impact and is a significant risk to children achieving positive outcomes. There has been scant research regarding the role of schools in response to children who have been exposed to domestic violence, yet schools represent many possibilities for supporting them. Head teachers are viewed as of central importance in the creation of effective schools (Ofsted, 2012). Head teacher leadership orientation and decision making has a significant impact on practice within the school. To the author's knowledge there has been no research regarding the role or views of head teachers in relation to children who have been exposed to domestic violence. The aim of this research is to explore head teacher experiences and perceptions of their own and school practices in relation to children who have been exposed to a domestic violence incident (s). A further aim is to consider key factors that influence the head teacher and school responses to supporting children in these circumstances. Five head teachers participated in semi-structured interviews and have all been involved in an initiative (Project Protect) whereby they received training to act as a 'key adult'. This means they receive notifications from the police containing details of a domestic violence (DV) incident (s) that have been police attended where a child was present and attends that head teacher's primary school. A thematic analysis was conducted and two main themes were highlighted that were of central relevance to the research questions; head teacher's understanding of DV and head teacher and school decision making and practice in response to children exposed to DV (CEDV).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.Psychol.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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