Children, adolescents & animals research
Children, adolescents and animals research (caar), is a group of researchers, graduates and doctoral students led by Professor Jo Williams and supported by Dr Janine Muldoon. We explore all aspects of relationships between children, adolescents and animals, and work closely with animal welfare organisations.
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded another grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for the following project, running until July 2020.
'The link between animal cruelty, domestic violence and childhood trauma: Changing policy and practice through impactful research'.
As part of this grant, we will be organising another series of reflective workshops for practitioners. These will build on the national knowledge exchange conference we co-hosted with the Scottish SPCA (9th September 2019), 'The links between animal cruelty, adverse childhood experiences and human violence: Research and practice'. The aims of the conference and workshops are to:
encourage a trauma-informed approach to childhood animal cruelty,
increase recognition of the relationship between animal cruelty, domestic abuse and violence, and
promote early intervention to safeguard animals and human victims of abuse.
To produce high quality research that furthers understanding of child-animal interactions to ensure reciprocally positive relationships, enhancing both child wellbeing and animal welfare.
We are always happy to discuss research ideas and help where we can. If you are interested in working with us please get in touch.