An Evaluation of the Community Children’s Programme for Women’s Refuge and Support Services


Research Area:

Domestic violence support services

What is the research about?

The aim of the project is to conduct an evaluation of the practice and impact of a Community Children’s Programme at a Women’s Refuge. The Community Children’s Programme provides a safe space for children to understand and recover from their experience of domestic violence. Support plans are developed for children when they come into the service. The programme also support families and provides support to women on parenting after domestic violence. It aims to work in participation with children at all times and promote the child’s voice, ensuring that children and young people have their voices heard within the services and act accordingly.


Who is this opportunity for? 

 We are inviting 2 women and their children (pre-teenager), who have experience with community supports for themselves and their pre-teenage children for issues pertaining to domestic violence to be part of the PPI advisory panel for this study.

Our PPI plans

We will have two online meetings which will take place before the study commences , and two meetings taking place when study findings are known to the research team.

April/May 2024 Meeting 1: Agree on the framework, i.e., an explanation of what the study is about, what PPI is, what participation as a PPI panel member is required, and the roles of the group. This meeting will also ask the panel to review the interview schedules for the women and children. The children will be asked to review the participatory child techniques.

May 2024 Meeting 2: Discussion and feedback from PPI panel about the interview schedule and participatory techniques.

Additional meetings may be hosted during the data collection process of the research project to provide updates and propose solutions to any challenges that have arisen.

Future meetings in 2025 (to be decided) will be held to discuss data analysis, study findings, and PPI involvement in dissemination opportunities.

Opportunity for:

Member of the public / Parent or carer

Involvement Opportunity Details


Time commitment:

2 x 1hr online meetings in May/June 2024

Contact between meetings:

We plan to provide the PPI panel with updates at intervals throughout the study via email.

Length of involvement:

2 meetings in May/June 2024, with an option to continue, with 2 meetings in 2025

Start date for involvement:





If online, explain how:

Online meetings will take place via Zoom or MS Teams.

If in person, explain where:

Not applicable

Other ways of communicating:

Alternative communication options include a PPI WhatsApp group.

Funding available for:

PPI contributor’s time

If no funding available, explain why:

Not applicable

Other Information

Stage of the research study/ programme:

Funded but not yet started

Is this opportunity for PPI in a PhD:


Closing date to contact researchers:


Research Team

Contact person:

Dr. Eleanor Hollywood and Ms. Tracey O Neill


Trinity College Dublin

Contact email:

Researcher background:

Dr. Eleanor Hollywood is an Associate Professor in Children's Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin and Tracey O Neill is an Assistant Professor in Children's Nursing in in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

Research funder:

This project is funded by The Katherine Howard Foundation


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