Working With Resistance Training Part 1 (2 Part Course)


6 Feb 2019 -
10:00 to 16:30

Summary : 

‘Resistance’ is an important and multi-faceted concept in the context of child protection work


Helensburgh Civic Centre, Marriage Suite


Helensburgh and Lomond



‘Resistance’ is an important and multi-faceted concept in the context of child protection work. From time to time agencies will come into contact with families whose compliance is apparent rather than genuine, with an underlying reluctance, resistance or sometimes angry or hostile approach to change and an inability/unwillingness to acknowledge and/or address the risk/s to the child


This 2 day course is for all those working to improve outcomes for children where the above features, with the aim of helping participants:

  • Recognise and understand resistance, non-engagement and non-compliance
  • Increase their skills and confidence to work with these issues directly, in partnership with families
  • Recognise and effectively manage the impact of parental resistance, non-engagement or non-compliance on developing and implementing the Child’s Plan 


It is delivered in two parts to enable participants to apply course learning and resources in practice.


Part 1 focuses on the theory and practice tools to help understand and identify the multi-faceted concepts of resistance in the context of child protection. Participants will then have the opportunity to test out their learning and practitioner tools in in practice before returning for the second day.


Part 2 is practice based, focused on responding to resistance in families. It begins with reflecting on participant’s use of the use of tools and resources that were introduced in part 1 of the course, then focuses on developing conflict resolution communication skills when faced with resistance in child protection work. Participants then get to try out these skills within a range of resistance based scenario’s, enabling them to test out and practice responding to resistant parents and carers so that they are better prepared when faced with these issues in practice.


Participants must be able to attend both days, and be able to apply practice tools back in the workplace before returning for part 2.



Anyone working directly with vulnerable children and young people, or supervising practice, where parental resistance currently features or is suspected.



Places are limited to 16 so please book early to avoid disappointment at:


If you would like further information on the course content please contact Alex Honeyman, interagency child protection trainer co-ordinator on 07833058953 or


You will be sent an email 2 weeks before the training confirming your place and course details. If you don't receive this please get in touch as there may be time or venue changes you need to know about.




All A&B interagency training courses are free. Those unable to attend must advise us on 01546 604316 in advance. A £30 administration fee applies to all those who fail to attend without notice.