Working in complexity (parents showing resistance, evasion, or disguised compliance)

Date & Time:

Wednesday 26 June 2019 (10:00 - 12:00)


Thameside Centre, Langley Road Staines TW18 2AY Sat Nav postcode: TW18 2EH


Formerly Disguised Compliance

Some parents are openly resistant to the involvement of statutory social work services. They will say clearly that they disagree with the social work assessment and refuse to attend services. This kind of resistance can be very challenging – but at least you know where you stand.

Disguised compliance is more hidden and, as a result, more worrying form of resistance. Although the parent may say they agree with the assessment, they really don’t. And although they may attend services/groups because it’s part of the plan, they don’t accept the need to change.

In the most serious cases, parents may attempt to hide the significant harm a child is being exposed to. As a result, working with resistance or disguised compliance has been cited as a factor in several serious case reviews and can be a very challenging problem to address.


•    Recognising resistance including intimidating and evasive behaviours (often described as disguised compliance)
•    Consider barriers impeding successful and timely outcomes for children
•    Know how to put the child at the heart of practice whilst dealing with parents who are difficult to work with and manage resistance.


Booking has now closed for this event.

Further Information:


Jane Donson/Jane Huttly

Venue Details:

Thameside Centre, Langley Road Staines TW18 2AY Sat Nav postcode: TW18 2EH

(01932 794031)


By Car: Approach from Laleham Road and turn left onto Langley Road to get to the venue.

By Train: Follow links to go to the nearest train station which is the Staines Rail Station, this is in walkable distance from the venue.

There are limited parking spaces at the site, which are available on a first come, first served basis. Two of these spaces are clearly marked as disabled parking spaces


There are two postcodes for the venue, the actual venue site postcode is TW18 2AY, the sat nav postcode is TW18 2EH.