News from the 2013 Youth Justice Convention

The Youth Justice Convention, hosted over two days in Birmingham, UK, at the end of November, included this year a seminar on children’s violence to parents (CPV).  The convention is an annual event – this was the fourteenth – and is an opportunity to debate and discuss the latest youth justice policy developments. All the seminars are archived online and can be accessed here. (Update 2017: these videos don’t seem to be available any longer)

The CPV seminar, number 20 in the archive, was chaired by Paula Wilcox, with Martyn Stoner of Break4Change, and Paul Morris and Vicky Hodgson, from Hull Youth Offending Service, where a Step Up project has been piloted. Each gave a presentation of their project with a discussion at the end about differences and similarities.

It was emphasised that these are not “off the shelf” programmes, and both Break4Change and Hull Step Up will be offering training in their approach. Original programmes from which these two were developed have been adapted, with permission, to meet the British scene and circumstances. Time and working conditions have constrained what might have been originally intended in terms of the length of the programmes and in sessions where both parents and children are present, but nevertheless good outcomes have been reported.

Messages from the seminar?

* The importance of maintaining safety in the home.

* A willingness to work with whoever turns up.

* A need to move to earlier intervention

* The importance of recording CPV so that there is a better sense of prevalence and awareness of the issue.

* Breaking the silence to enable parents to better access help.

* The importance of training for specific models and interventions.

Please do take a look at the video of the seminar to hear more about the different models.

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