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

Date & Time:

Monday 4 March 2019 (14:00 - 16:00)


Consort House, 5-7 Queensway Redhill Surrey RH1 1YB


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:

Consort House, 5-7 Queensway Redhill Surrey RH1 1YB

(01737 737600)

Consort House is situated in the centre of Redhill, within walking distance of the shops, bus station and the railway station.

By Train The venue is situated only 400 yards from the mainline railway and bus station.

By Car

The M25, Junction 8 is within 3 miles of the venue.


Clarendon Road pay and display car park is situated behind the building. The address is Clarendon Road, Redhill, RH1 1QZ.

Gloucester Road pay and display car park is approximately five minute walk away at Gloucester Road, Redhill, RH1 1BS.


There is no cafe onsite however there are local shops within a one to five minute walk.