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This interactive one-day course will enable delegates to develop their knowledge and confidence in working with resistance parents and carers to improve the welfare and outcomes for children and young people. This course will develop skills in identifying disguised compliance, why families are resistant, how to identify and evidence in assessments and understand what they can do to move things forward.

Who is Working with Resistance, disguised compliance and hidden harm aimed at?

Childrens social care staff

Course Length

1 day

Learning Outcomes

Participants will have been offered the opportunity to:-

  • Recognising hidden harm and identifying strategies to respond in a child centred way
  • Explore the importance of history when working with disguised compliance and hidden harm
  • Understand how resistance, disguised compliance and hidden harm manifests itself and what might motivate it
  • Identify strategies for responding to resistance and noncompliance incorporating person centred approaches
  • Explore skills and techniques for breaking down resistance and disguised compliance to develop relationships including reciprocity
  • Recognise and manage the power dynamics in relationships
  • Evidence and record resistance, disguised compliance and hidden harm in assessments and outcome focussed plans
  • Utilise evidence-based decision making in response to resistance, disguised compliance and hidden harm
  • Identify how their own values and bias influence practice
  • Reflect on the effectiveness of interventions to understand if progress has been made

 Links to KSS 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9

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