CPV: Some good news!

It is always a pleasure to be able to share good news – in a field of work that is too often full of pain and frustration. So I was thrilled to hear about the recent award to Sue Pearson, Education Officer for the Leeds Youth Offending Team, by the Butler Trust, in recognition of ‘the empathy and skill she brings to her “life-changing” work with troubled families, and for the dedication and compassion she demonstrates in addressing the issue of child-to-parent violence’.

Sue received her award from HRH The Princess Royal. (Photo from Butler Trust)

 

Sue helped to develop the PACT (Parent and Children Together) programme in 2012; a 12-week programme working with mothers, and their sons and daughters, in a way that is recognised as healing and transformative by colleagues and parents alike. You can read more about the award, and the background to Sue’s work and nomination here.

I have met Sue at numerous conferences and networking events. It is a privilege to hear her speak about her work, and I am thrilled to be able to add my congratulations to those of the Butler Trust.

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  1. I am a mother of a 16 year old boy who has spent years of verbal and violent abuse. I’ve fought long and hard without any results and still find myself fighting this awful journey. My son went into independent living in September 2018 as we couldn’t cope anymore. Things became so frightening and after £16,000 worth of property damage we couldn’t continue. Every member of my family feared for my safety. My son was diagnosed with ADHD in 2018 and further tests in ASD. We love him so much but now he started taking cannabis and demands money. I’ve phoned 999 more times than I can remember. My son needs intense therapy to help him find his way back home but every professional has said resources are low. My son is a human being who needs help hes already took an over dose and his mental health has deteriated since going into independent living . This is not the right place for my child but what do we do next?

    • Hello Beverley. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I am so sorry to hear that your family story has been such a sad and frightening one. It is not good enough to say that you are certainly not alone in your situation, but that is the sad truth and there will be many who read your experiences and recognise them as their own. As we wake up to this phenomenon, we are starting to understand it a little better, and there is more help than there has ever been, but it is still not enough, and often too late for families. I hope that you will find people who understand your son’s needs – and indeed those of the family as a whole – and who will be available to listen, and to hold you all. I am sorry that I cannot offer more concrete help.

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