Why are children and adolescents violent & abusive towards their parents?

There is no simple answer to this complex issue. Universities are increasingly researching the subject and in most parents’ experience there is no single cause. Child to parent violence is always multi-causal. Until very recently there was no research in the UK, or internationally on this issue.

In our experience of running the Who’s in Charge? programme it is not always necessary to identify a single reason in order to resolve the issue. Many parents attending the Who’s in Charge? programme have reflected feeling better able to manage their child’s behaviour and have reported a reduction of violence within the home.

Typically a Who’s in Charge? group may include parents who have experienced domestic abuse (this only represents about 50% of case samples), we also support parents of children with additional needs or a disability, indulgent parents, grandparents, adoptive and foster parents.