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.

Places Available:



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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 and costs up to a maximum of £3.50 per day. 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.