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Rebecca Sng

Year of Award: 2017 Award State: New South Wales Social Welfare > Domestic Violence
To investigate international programs supporting parenting following family and domestic violence - USA, UK
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Conclusion
This report represents the main learnings from the trip, although there were many more incidentals lessons learnt. However, one of the most valuable parts of this fellowship was the ability to take time to consider the work I am already doing and how that might be improved through reflection and by the input of the many generous experts who agreed to speak with me. I am extremely grateful to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for such a rare and extraordinary opportunity. I would also like to acknowledge the support of Grand Pacific Health in releasing me from my work duties for this fellowship.

Recommendations
In response to these learnings, I will make the following changes to Black Box Parenting Program

  1. Harness the powerful stories of parents who had previously completed the program.
  2. Allow time to discuss the sociocultural influences on violence and parenting including the role of gender.
  3. Normalise the need to work on affect regulation skills in parents, so that they can help children do the same.
  4. Improve our engagement with non-participating parents, most commonly fathers.
  5. Allow time to discuss emotional needs and how these might be met, including how the denial of these needs can leave parents (and children) vulnerable to being involved in unhealthy relationships in the future.

Keywords: Domestic Violence, parenting, family violence, intimate partner violence, parenting programs

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