Who’s in Charge?
Working with :
Child to Parent Violence & Abuse
the most hidden, misunderstood and stigmatized form of family violence
(RCPV Executive Summary, 2015)
It is estimated that 3 to 5% of adolescents are seriously abusive to parents, while others suggest even higher incidence. Gallagher 2008
Met Police figures show reports of child-to-parent violent offences grew from 920 in 2012 to 1801 in 2016 – a 95% increase. Offences of GBH (grievous bodily harm) have increased from 20 in 2012 to 125 in 2016.
(Met Police, 2017)
It was hi-lighted that practitioners participating in the study were lacking in knowledge and were under-skilled as they had not received specialized training on child to parent violence & abuse.
(Wilcox & Pooley, 2015)
Research suggests that support agencies may be unfamiliar with the issue or are not set up to meet the very specific needs of this group of parents and young people.
(Wilcox & Pooley, 2015)
Awareness amongst professionals remains limited with many families describing disbelief and scepticism when they seek support and advice. Behaviour is dismissed as ‘normal’ and just a phase that children are going through. Parents become isolated and the impact on them, their health, work and relationships was described as significant.
(Al Coates, Adoptive Parent & Social Worker)
In 2016, only 40 agencies were identified in a national mapping project – largely through domestic abuse support agencies.
Who’s in Charge? Programme & Training
About the trainers
Carole & Cathy have spent the past 7 years leading and developing the Who’s in Charge? programme and were fore-runners in developing the first UK conference addressing Child to Parent Violence in 2013.
In 2005 a survey revealed that 7% of 30,000 calls from parents to Family Lives helpline were about physical aggression from children to their parents.
(Family Lives, 2010)
There are two batteries in a remote control: if one is changed the whole thing still doesn’t work.
Find a programme in your area
The map indicates where there are trained WIC? facilitators across the UK. However, please be aware that not all facilitator or agency details are available because they are restricted to working with their own clients or service users and are unable to take external referrals. Please contact: [email protected] to find out how to access online programmes.