Methods: To comprehend the meaning and effect of home arrest on children, the study engages with 35 in depth interviews with children, examine their narratives, writings and encounters, as they portray it. With the help of parents, and while using children’s notes, voice notes, writings and words, a bottom up methodology was incorporated. The study also consult with theorization from other settler colonial and colonial contexts. Engaging with children when and while under HA is ethically challenging, but is crucial in building contextually sensitive interventions.
Results: Studying home-arrest from children’s own encounters, offered a unique opportunity to explore the relationship between children’s understanding and the regime’s violent dispossession. Children shared that HA is a violent invasion of their only shelter amidst military occupation. They discussed the psychosocial effect of such invasion apparent in the emotional overflow and overloaded bureaucracy, the state of waiting, the sense of erratic suffocation, and unending wounding. They insisted that home-arrest became a mode of state penetration of their visceral, a tool to social dismemberment, but also maintained that HA created new modes of resisting the occupation of home, and held their right to resist. Home arrest within children’s context, produced the opposite effects of: rehabilitation, community integration, and alternative punishment, and is in actuality, a form of domopolitical attack that targets the intimate bonds between children, their family, and the community as a whole.
Conclusions and Implications: Imperative to the role of social work in challenging the destructive imprints of state power, is the analysis of the psycho-social, legal, and political framework embedded in marking children's homes, bodies, and lives deemed as penetrable and disposable. HA within the colonial settler context strips the child from the childhood and the warmth of the home, and became a tool for unchilding and social dismemberment used against a colonized community. Critical social work must utilize interventions that are context-informed. Social work practice is called to not only combat racial atrocities camouflaged by “caring” policies, but enact and implement interventions that impedes the multiple technologies used to unchild, wound the home , and the family.