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The Nottingham conference " Domestic abuse by children against parents" took place on the 14th March 2013. The event was very well attended and we were informed that delegates had to be restricted due to the demand.

It was evident that all present had a good understanding of the complex issues surrounding parent abuse, and the day was to get an idea of what work is being carried out and how much more needs to be done. It was apparent that a lot of research is being undertaken to make sure that this mainly hidden form of abuse is brought to the attention of the policy makers. We also heard from practitioners who are working with families and the new programmes being developed to tackle this issue.

The main issues that stood out for me from the day were:

To be able to tackle the problem we need to define more precisely what we mean by parent abuse.

Cases will be unrecognised as parent abuse as the Police do not have a recognised code to be able to input incidents on their database.

Research is a long and necessary process so the issue gets the attention and resources it deserves.

Very few dedicated services deal with this specific issue so agencies/parents do not have anywhere to turn.

While we await the outcomes of the research data we must focus more resources helping families in the here and now.

Local authorities need to focus more energy in whole family support rather than working with parents/children seperately.

Police and Social Services need to work together rather than passing the problem to each other.

I believe we are well on the way to seeing Parent Abuse becoming less hidden and parents feeling less stigmatised, this was evident from the amount and wide range of services that were in attendance in Nottingham. If these practitioners can go back to there agencies and spread the word that something needs to be done we will move forward more quickly than has been the case to date.

If you would like to help in raising awareness and aiding the research please take a few minutes to fill in our questionnaires follow the link from our home page.

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