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Nikki Rutter

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology

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Biography

Nikki is a teaching fellow on the Master of Social Work programme and shares responsibility for practice placements and practice education with Jane Wistow. Nikki is a registered social worker; completing the Master of Social Work Programme at Durham in 2019 with Distinction. Nikki has 16 years experience working and volunteering for various women and children's organisations and is currently director of the County Durham charity SENDA. In this role Nikki supports disabled children and their families. 

She is also undertaking doctoral research funded by the ESRC into developing a substantive theory of primary-aged child-to-parent violence; using a classical grounded theory approach to integrate the perspectives of parents, practitioners, and children themselves. Nikki aims to conceptualize and frame this form of child-to-parent violence, and where it may sit on the existing frameworks of child development, domestic abuse, and child safeguarding.

Nikki has worked on a number of research projects including: a collaborative project between BASW and Durham University exploring ethical challenges for social workers during Covid-19; an assessment of the Respect UK Young People's Programme during Covid-19; and a realist evaluation of Rollercoaster Parent Support Group.

Research Area

Child-to-Parent violence: experiences, perceptions, and perspectives of childhood violence in children under 12.

My doctoral research is an attempt to develop a substantive theory of primary-aged child-to-parent violence; using a classical grounded theory approach to integrate the perspectives of parents, practitioners, and children themselves. I aim to conceptualize and frame this form of child-to-parent violence, and where it may sit on the existing frameworks of child development, domestic abuse, and child safeguarding.

Research Groups

  • Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse
  • Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

Teaching

Seminar Leader: Violence and Abuse in Society - SOCI2281 - 2019/20, 2020/21

Research Interests

  • • Child-parent violence
  • • Neurodivergence
  • • Parent-carer well-being
  • • Participatory research methodologies

Publications

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