Disguised Compliance

Course Outline

Understanding the implications of disguised compliance comes mostly from learning from serious case reviews. Parents’ behaviour can mislead us about the progress they are making and about the true nature of the lived experience of the child. Apparent or disguised cooperation can prevent or delay understanding of the severity of harm to the child and lead to cases drifting.

Who is the course aimed at?

All front line staff working in children and families social care

How long is the course?

1 day

What will you learn?
  • What is meant by disguised compliance?
  • Forming a working relationship with families
  • Indicators of disguised compliance and responses to professionals
  • Understanding the functions of and developing strategies for working with disguised compliance
Learning Outcomes
  • A Historical overview of the concept of disguised compliance – how it emerged and how it has been applied to different situations in practice.
  • Considered how language is used in social work and can shape outcomes for children and young people.
  • Explored barriers to parental engagement and what shapes behaviour.
  • Explored ways to engage effectively with resistance and disguised compliance.



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