Responding to and preventing family violence - The role of early childhood professionals

In July 2016, Community Child Care Association and Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV), with support from the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and sponsorship from the Department of Education and Training (DET), hosted the Responding to and preventing family violence - The role of early childhood professionals conference.

Early childhood educators are in a unique position to support the children and families they work with, as well as their colleagues experiencing violence. There is significant opportunity to work with children to develop a foundation of gender equity and respectful relationships to help prevent violence in the next generation.

This conference aimed to build the capacity of early childhood educators to respond to and prevent violence against women. It sought to provide an understanding of:

  • The prevalence, dynamics and impact of family violence to guide the work of educators
  • How to identify and respond to family violence in early childhood centres
  • What the research says the drivers of violence against women are, how these drivers present in early childhood and opportunities to address these drivers in early childhood settings
  • How can the workplace be used as a setting to prevent and respond to violence against women

Here is a link to the DVRCV's Conference materials page. It includes resources, video recordings of some of the conference sessions as well as some slides relating to the presentations.

View the full conference program

 

Media Release - Family Violence: What's that got to do with my profession?

Early childhood professionals can play a key role in helping to tackle family violence and in supporting women and children who are living in fear.

Read the Media Release here

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