Child to parent violence

Child-to-parent violence is anecdotally reported as a very common problem.  However, there is limited guidance available on how to deal with the issue.

Child-to-parent violence, also referred to as ‘parent abuse,’ includes physical, mental and financial abuse, although it is not included within the definition of domestic violence. It is a common problem found within families involved with youth offending teams.

Remember, in an emergency always call 999.

  • How to get help

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Break4Change (B4C)?

    Break4Change(B4C) is an innovative programme in Brighton & Hove for families where young people are abusive towards their parent(s) or carer(s).  Young people’s behaviour can include hitting, name calling, making threats, stealing money or damaging possessions. 

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  • How does Break4Change (B4C) work?

    B4C is a 10 week programme for both young people and their parents and includes ways that families can address this behaviour.  Parents and Young people work in groups and learn strategies for managing behaviour.  The programme includes creative sessions for young people run by Audio-Active using art and music.  

    Groups are open to young people of secondary school age 11-16 with ongoing and reported abuse towards their parent (s) / carer (s) as well as to parents/carers who have experienced violence / abuse from their child.

    The programme runs twice a year and is a partnership between the Council’s Integrated Team for Families (ITF), Youth Offending Service (YOS), Rise and AudioActive.

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