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Seminar examines incidents of child to parent violence

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Fionnuala Curry, Wicklow CYPSC, Grace Birmingham, Tulsa, Dr. Declan Cool can, NUI Galway and Tara Kelly, Tusla

Fionnuala Curry, Wicklow CYPSC, Grace Birmingham, Tulsa, Dr. Declan Cool can, NUI Galway and Tara Kelly, Tusla

Fionnuala Curry, Wicklow CYPSC, Grace Birmingham, Tulsa, Dr. Declan Cool can, NUI Galway and Tara Kelly, Tusla

Co. Wicklow Children and Young People's Services Committee (CYPSC) were part of a seminar which looked at the experiences of practitioners who have been using the Non Violence Resistance (NVR) model in their work with parents in recent years.

The seminar also featured Tusla's Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Dublin South/East Wicklow, and East Coast NVR Practitioners Network.

The East Coast NVR Practitioners network is an interagency group that is led by Tusla. NVR offers an innovative approach to addressing the complex problem of Child to Parent Violence. This model has also been used in other areas of family support work such as supporting children with anxiety and ASD, school non-attendance and drug and alcohol misuse.

Presenters throughout the day, including both leading NVR practitioners and parents, looked at recent experiences of using the NVR model to address the issue of child-to-parent violence. The seminar also explored the future possibilities for the NVR model in addressing other areas of concern for families such as school non-attendance, drug and alcohol misuse and child and adolescent anxiety.

Tara Kelly, Project Leader, Partnership, Prevention and Family Support, Tusla, said: 'In recent years an increasing number of families are seeking support in relation to child-to-parent violence and abuse. Parents can feel that they have lost authority, and struggle to deal with challenging behaviour from their child. This behaviour can include physical violence, threats of violence, and damage to property. In Tusla, we are using and developing the Non Violent Resistance model to help and empower parents to bring the violence to an end and to re-build their relationship with their child. Parents are reporting that they find the model to be very effective, and we are exploring the use of the NVR model to support parents with other difficulties such as school non-attendance and anxiety.'

The seminar aimed to promote best practice and a shared approach to the issue, with a view to utilising the NVR model to create better outcomes for children and families. Child-to-parent violence is an increasingly recognised problem affecting families both in Ireland and internationally. It's a problem that is often hidden from view, and parents can be reluctant to talk about their child or adolescent's behaviour.

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