Child to Parent Violence

The ‘Positive Relationships’ Child to Parent Violence Programme is an evidence-influenced, Non-violent Resistence (NVR) intervention that aims to enhance the protection and safety of all family members.

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Child to parent violence is defined as a harmful act carried out by a child with the intention to cause physical, psychological, or financial pain or to exert power and control over a parent. In other words, a child or adolescent’s behaviour should be considered violent and abusive if family members feel controlled, intimidated or threatened by it.

The programme consists of 10 sessions for the parent(s) and 6 sessions for the young person. The parent(s) and young people attend the sessions separately, with the possibility of a con-joint session at the end is deemed to be helpful by both the young person and the parent(s). Ideally, the sessions are delivered in parallel. Both parents are encouraged to attend whenever possible, even if they are living separately.

The focus on therapeutic support and applying an NVR approach encourages participants to break unhelpful patterns and to build on the resources within the family and wider networks in reinforcing a commitment to non-violence.

The aims of the Positive Relationships programme are to:

  • To end incidents of abusive behaviour by the child towards their parent;
  • To increase respectful communication and appropriate parent-child boundaries in the family;
  • To increase family resilience through building family support networks and expanding on family strengths.

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