Strengthening the mother-child bond
Our sixth podcast episode is taken from Professor Cathy Humphreys' address to our recent forum, 'Working to strengthen the mother-child bond'. Professor Cathy Humphreys is the Alfred Felton Chair of Child and Family Welfare, Melbourne University, and has undertaken research on domestic violence in Australia, the UK and Europe. She has a particular interest in the issues for children living with domestic violence, and the policy and practice interventions which will make a difference to intervention in this important and often neglected area at work. Professor Humphreys' presentation discusses the process through which family violence is understood as an attack on the mother-child relationship. She explores the implications for organisations and workers engaging in work which strengthens the mother-child relationship. She also discusses the concept of 'readiness to change'. The presentation is based around the ‘Talking to my Mum’ activity books, which were developed with workers, mothers and children to support the strengthening of the mother-child relationship in the aftermath of family violence.