Child to parent violence and abuse: new thinking and approaches

The field of child to parent violence and abuse is a rapidly changing one, as new learning and understanding emerges to challenge our way of thinking and service delivery. This makes it an exciting field in which to be working – but also requires us to be on the ball with new research and training opportunities. This last year has seen important work from Dr Hannah Bows into parricide and eldercide; and more findings from a survey of parents by Dr Wendy Thorley and Al Coates, including a challenge to the definition currently in use. Have we got it wrong when we draw distinctions between children, young people and adults in the use of violence towards parents? Should we be using different approaches where children have a diagnosis of ASD or ADHD? Is this a different thing all together, or are there huge overlaps within the community of young people using violence and abuse in the home? Should we be representing this with a giant Venn diagram?


If those sorts of questions interest you, then join us at the Respect Young People’s Service National Event in Gateshead, on September 26th, from 10.30 to 4pm. Dame Vera Baird DBE QC will be chairing the morning session, and there will be presentations from Rosie Creer of Respond, and Dr. Hannah Bows. Workshops will give a flavour of different approaches to working with families, including the Who’s in Charge? programme, Break4Change, work with young people on the autistic spectrum, what we can learn from MARACs and IDVAs, setting up a local authority embedded programme, and Dr Wendy Thorley discussing the findings of her research.

Full details of the event, including more information about each session, venue, costs and booking can be found here.

Respect Young People’s Services Event focuses on pioneering work with young people who use violence, abuse and challenging behaviour particularly within the family. This participative event will engage you in new thinking and approaches to complement your work. 


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2 responses to “Child to parent violence and abuse: new thinking and approaches

  1. rebecca garnett

    Anyone have any feedback from the RESPECT conference. Funding cuts meant that no-one from our service was able to attend. Any interesting findings from the services that are working with families where APV is present? thanks

    • I have found my notes from the day for you!
      It was great to hear from a whole range of speakers, but there was a strong focus overall on the increasing awareness of ASD/ADHD as an issue for families experiencing CPV, with some discussion about whether this needs to be understood in a completely different way. Children here responding out of anxiety rather than anger – but also some overlap.
      Several speakers talked about offering one to one work more, because of difficulties engaging either parents or young people in groups (particularly where there are additional needs).
      The importance of embedding specific programmes in ongoing family support. Intensive long term work!
      Importance of meeting individual family needs – not one size fits all.
      Intervene early if possible, before behaviours entrenched.
      Problems of meeting demand for a service – responsibility for delivery, accountability, who pays?
      An encouraging amount of interest generally and work in the Newcastle area!

      Hope that’s of some help?

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