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

Lorraine Radford, Nancy Lombard, Franziska Meinck, Emma Katz, Stanford Taonatose Mahati
2017 Families, Relationships and Societies  
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 article 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,
more » ... concepts, aims, methods, resources and approaches were very different, but we all faced similar challenges in working with children and violence in contexts where 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. key words childhood • cross-national research • child abuse • family violence • domestic violence • independent migrant children page 3
doi:10.1332/204674317x14861128190401 fatcat:rqscltf6x5bcrg76tadl4dl7pa