Working with parents who may be non-compliant or who offer disguised compliance

Target Audience

This one day course looks at how and why some families can be difficult to engage and how as practitioners we can work with these complex family issues to ensure that children and young people are not ‘missed’ and are ‘protected’.

This one course is primarily for those professionals (statutory and voluntary) who either work predominately or who have regular contact with children and young people and for those who hold particular responsibilities for safeguarding. (i.e. Groups 2,3, and 4). Staff members from social care, localities and health are particularly encouraged to attend.


For participants to:

  • Identify how parents can exhibit disguised compliant and non compliant behaviours
  • Look at how parents can be aggressive and difficult to engage
  • Explore the implications for practice and the Safeguarding of Children and Young People from aggressive, disguised compliant and non compliant parents
  • Explore techniques for engaging with parents in assessments, interventions and decision making processes in a Safeguarding context
Learning Outcomes

For participants at the end of the course to:

  • Look at how to improve their own working practices and to feel more confident when working with parents
  • Be able to focus on the ‘Welfare of the Child’ who is at the centre of difficult family behaviours
  • Explore strategies for recognising and dealing with personal and client stress