Yesterday I attended a seminar organised by AVA, considering the interface between the Care Act 2014 and domestic violence, and what could be learnt about support for vulnerable victims of abuse: “The Care Act six months on …early lessons to keep vulnerable adults safe from domestic and sexual abuse.” As always with these things I had an interest in how this would apply in situations of child to parent violence, but there was a nice overlap too with my “proper job” in that some of the social work students I support and assess might be working within this legislation. Continue reading
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The second of two launch days for the Interim Information Guide: Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse took place in London on Monday. (The first was in Manchester last week.) Despite the short notice, brought about by looming general election clogging up the works of the Home Office, there was an excited and positive response both days from the 100+ delegates from across management, commissioning and frontline services. Continue reading
The 10th Respect National Practitioners Seminar took place in London last week.
In the morning we were treated to an excellent presentation from Carlene Firmin on her research into peer on peer abuse. Unlike the other presentations, Carlene’s will not be available on the Respect website as the research is still ongoing, but much of her work can be found on her own website, MsUnderstood. There were many points at which she could have been talking about child to parent violence – so many cross overs. I will have to give this some more thought, but to be going on with:
- Peer on peer abuse straddles many different concepts and fields and so remains hidden.
- The importance and power of friendship groups as young people move into adolescence.
- The offer of parenting programmes because that is what is available rather than making a proper assessment of need.
- The problems that arise when violence becomes normalised.
- Limitations to changing individuals without wider social change.
- Issues around child protection and safeguarding.
The overall tone was optimistic however. As we learn more we have more opportunities to intervene earlier. Continue reading
Last week’s child to parent abuse practitioners’ forum in Wakefield received very positive reviews from those who were able to attend. The event was an opportunity for practitioners to share good practice in the development and delivery of child-to-parent abuse services. It was also an opportunity to hear from academics and specialists about the latest developments in the field. For those who weren’t able to be there, the presentations are available online till the end of the month.
The tremendous increase in events such as this over the last year demonstrates the growing awareness of the issue, the range of responses around the country, and the determination to continue learning from each other. It is a great testament to the commitment and energy of all those involved.
Sometimes it’s frustrating when you don’t get into the workshop you wanted; but it can open your eyes to new learning, new colleagues and so many cross-over ideas.
In the past we simply “held” too many people. Now we have the evidence to design new practice to really “help”.
– some responses from individuals at the recent CAADA conference.
The Park Inn in Manchester was the venue last week for the 2nd CAADA Young People’s Programme conference, “What’s love got to do with it: Challenging the use of abuse and violence in young people’s relationships”. Delegates from varied agencies and from around the country were treated to inspiring and challenging speakers, and a range of seminars examining responses to young people’s use of violence in communities, intimate relationships, families and online. Continue reading