Peer violence in residential children's homes: A unique experience

Barter, Christine Anne orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-5682-5333 (2011) Peer violence in residential children's homes: A unique experience. In: Bullying in Different Contexts: Commonalities, Differences and the Role of Theory. Cambridge University Press, pp. 61-86. ISBN 9780521132596

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Until recently, the issue of peer violence in residential children's homes has been largely absent from the official, professional and academic agenda. This is despite the fact that young people in care have consistently highlighted it as one of their overriding concerns. This chapter seeks to provide insights into the incidence and nature of peer violence in residential children's homes. Initially the international research evidence on peer violence in residential welfare settings will be considered. Following this, research undertaken by the current author and colleagues will be presented, which is, as far as we are aware, the first study to focus exclusively on the problem of peer violence within residential children's homes. Based on in-depth interviews with over 140 young people and professionals from 14 different residential settings, the research was able to capture the impact that peer violence had on young people's residential lives. Patterns of peer violence unique to this environment are documented. In conclusion, a range of residential policy and practice responses, based on empirical findings, are presented.

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