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Child Health study receives funding boost

Posted on November 21st 2016

PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow Dr Vashti Berry, based at the University of Exeter Medical School, has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Project Co-Creation Fund. The new study, called Family Vision, aims to support children exposed to domestic violence through a parent leadership coaching programme.

The Family Vision parent leadership programme, developed by project partner Nina Farr (Get Up and Grow Coaching Ltd) is a parent coaching intervention designed specifically for lone and single parents who are the main carer for children following an experience of domestic abuse and/or family breakdown. Parents will follow a 10-week strengths-based intervention, which will focus on empowering them as the leader of their family and on the quality of the parent-child relationship.

Dr Vashti Berry, said of the funding:

“Children exposed to domestic violence can be at risk of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, even after they have left the violent family context. This grant provides us with an opportunity to work with our commissioner and provider partners, and local parents to examine whether a programme focused on parent empowerment and leadership is acceptable and useful, and how it can be best delivered in our local service settings.”

The Public Health Commissioning team at Devon County Council are partners on the project. Kristian Tomblin, Commissioning Manager said:

“Family Vision fits very well with our soon to be published Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Strategy 2016-21 which places an emphasis on working in a strengths based way with the non-abusing parent to build esteem, leadership and better outcomes for children.”

The programme is being piloted in partnership with Exeter Community Initiatives (ECI) and Action for Children, both providers of Children’s Centres in Exeter, and St Martin’s Primary School in Cranbrook.

The project is running parenting groups in January 2017 and is now accepting applications for participants. For more information, please contact Vashti Berry via Email

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