School of Health in Social Science

Workshop 7

Our 2020 workshop highlighted why we are interested in animal cruelty during childhood, considering both direct experience of causing harm and the possible effects of witnessing cruelty, particularly in the context of domestic violence. Findings were presented from a recent study of children's descriptions of animal cruelty in the home, and a study undertaken by a PhD student within Caar, with children who have harmed animals. These children are enrolled on our 'Animal Guardians' programme which was developed in collaboration with the Scottish SPCA. Group discussions focused on what it means to 'listen', how this might best be achieved, and how our own roles are likely to influence the extent to which children share concerns with us.


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It has given me a bit more in depth knowledge about why children might hurt animals

It really helped me think about the ways children can be approached with appropriate sensitivity towards their experiences

Participants at Workshop 7


Flyer for Workshop 7 with a photo of a child's hand holding a Lego cow