Peer Violence in Children's Residential Care

by Christine Barter, Renold, Emma, Dr, Berridge, David, Professor,

Much concern has been expressed about the scandal of physical and sexual abuse by care workers of children living in residential homes, but this is the first detailed study of the major problem of violence between children. Based on extensive interviews with young people as well as staff, and using a sociological approach, Peer Violence in Children's Residential Care offers new and important insights about the nature of peer violence from children's own perspectives and experiences. Issues young people identitfied included: the significance of group culture; the damaging nature of verbal attacks; the links between violence and gender; as well as the hierarchical nature of the group or 'pecking order'. Most young people trusted staff to protect them against physical violence from peers. The study also points to the ways in which organisational features of homes are associated with different levels and types of violent behaviour. The authors identify strategies whereby peer violence in children's residential care can be tackled.
  • Palgrave Macmillan; July 2004
  • ISBN: 9780230005617
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  • Title: Peer Violence in Children's Residential Care
  • Author: Christine Barter; Renold, Emma, Dr; Berridge, David, Professor; Cawson, Pat, Dr
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

About The Author

CHRISTINE BARTER is Senior NSPCC Research Fellow with the University of Luton. She has previously undertaken research on a wide range of child protection issues. Recently Christine's work has focused on the methodological and ethical issues of undertaking research with children and young people.

EMMA RENOLD is a Lecturer in Childhood Studies at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Her main research interests focus on children's gender and sexual identities, gender-based and sexual bullying and researching sensitive topics with children. These key areas are explored in her forthcoming book Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities.

DAVID BERRIDGE is Professor of Child and Family Welfare at the University of Luton and Director of the Child and Family Welfare Research Unit. He was formerly Research Director at the National Children's Bureau and Research Fellow at the Dartington Social Research Unit, University of Bristol.

PAT CAWSON is Head of Child Protection Research at the NSPCC. Previous posts included Assistant Principal Adviser to the London Boroughs Children's Regional Planning Committee, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University), and Principal Research Officer at the Department of Health.