I’m very excited to post this flyer about a training day specially designed for parents and carers experiencing abuse from their children.
This morning session on June 29th, offered at no cost to participants, follows on from 3 days of training for practitioners working with abused parents, organised by Ipswich borough council, and will be led by Eddie Gallagher. (Booking details on the flyer.)
It’s not often that parents and carers are offered this chance and so I hope that it will reach as wide an audience as possible.
There are exciting developments afoot in Australia, where the Victoria State government has agreed funding for a three year pilot of a programme for parents and young people, based on the Seattle Step-Up model. Jo Howard, of Peninsula Health, has been involved in the campaign for the last five years and views it as a huge achievement at a time of government cutbacks. Work is underway to set up staff and systems, and Jo reports that they are already inundated with parents. There is hope that, if successful, the model will be rolled out across the state and country as a whole. Continue reading
I was very excited to read about a new parent abuse support project established in Bristol in April, as I know this has been on the cards for nearly a year since Judy Nixon went to speak at a conference there and inspired practitioners to take this forward.
The 13 week programme is designed for parents with children of secondary school age, is being run by the Single Person Action Network (SPAN) with Wish for a Brighter Future, and is funded through Bristol City Council and Children in Need. Parents are offered work to enable them to stay safe and to understand the underlying reasons for their child’s behaviour. There is a recognition that parents do not necessarily want to involve the police or courts, because of the consequences for their children.
Wish has run one-to-one support for parents who are victims of violence from their children since January and has received more than 100 referrals so far, amply demonstrating the need for such a service. It is tragic to realise there are so many parents suffering abusive behaviour from their children, and without adequate support up to now.
More details and contact numbers are available here.