Working with Resistant Families

The target audience are teams working with children and/or their parents/carers who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child and parenting capacity when there are safeguarding concerns.
Engaging resistant parents can be key to safeguarding children, professionals need to be highly skilled in the engagement of parents/carers who are resistant to change.

This course aims to increase practitioner’s confidence working with challenging/uncooperative/reluctant parents and how to identify and respond to disguised compliance to ensure the best outcomes for the child.

The course objective is to enable participants to critically reflect on the reasons why families may resist intervention and the methods that can be used to engage these families.

Training Methods: the training methods used are varied to consider the learning styles of all participants, visual, experiential and auditory. Whilst power point is used as an overview of the main points, there are group exercises to apply the research and theoretical frameworks. There will be opportunities to have creative conversations and learn from the experience within the group. The participants are encouraged to devise a list of action points to take back to their agencies to synthesis their learning from the workshop.