Disguised Compliance & Avoidant Families

Date & Time:

Thursday 12 September 2019 (09:30 - 12:15)


Hemel Hempstead Library, Hemel Hempstead, The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN


Stage 2


This training is classed as a ‘Half-Day’ course. For charging information, please see the Terms & Conditions page.


Target Audience: Practitioners from all agencies working with children, young people and their families.


Aim of the Course: This is a multi-agency course giving practitioners the opportunity to recognise, deal with, and at times challenge, the behaviours of resistance and avoidance tactics employed by potentially aggressive parents.


Learning Outcomes:

  • To improve the confidence and skills of professionals dealing with issues of disguised compliance.
  • Offer challenge and peer support to staff no matter what level in order to facilitate discussions with families exhibiting possible disguised compliance tactics.
  • To increase knowledge, skills and competence of staff to recognise the signs and respond appropriately when working with avoidant families.
  • To meet a locally identified need by service providers and commissioners.



Please see the 'Download Course Materials' link where, under the 'Pre-course' section, you will be able to access the schedule for the training session, a copy of the Disguised Compliance Top Tips booklet and a pre-course worksheet.

Please note – It is very important that the pre-course work is completed fully by all delegates prior to attending the training as it will form the basis for the first part of the session.


Booking has now closed for this event.

Further Information:


Prof. Brian Littlechild & Rosie Seaman

Venue Details:

Hemel Hempstead Library, Hemel Hempstead, The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN

(0300 123 4049)


Water Gardens Car Park is closest to The Forum but it no longer provided long stay of 3 hours or more to the public on weekdays. Moor End Car Park is now the closest long stay car park. Click here for council-run car park charges.

Free Car Parking can be accessed via Gadebridge Lane from the Leighton Buzzard Road. Click here for map. It is a 10-15 minutes’ walk across Gadebridge Park to The Forum. Please be aware that there is no street lighting after dark in Gadebridge Park.

Disabled Parking - Click here for a list of disabled parking available locally.

Food and Drink -The Forum’s café in the atrium serves hot and cold drinks and a variety of hot and cold light meals and snacks. Delegates are welcome to use the café to eat their own meals.