Child to Parent Abuse: Recognising and Responding | Online Learning Day - 3-Day Flexible Access Over 27/28/29 September 2022

27/28/29 September 2022




September 27, 2022


September 29, 2022

Child to parent abuse (CPA) refers to physical, verbal, emotional, or financial abuse used by a young person to dominate or coerce parents (or grandparents or other carers). This can include coercive control. The outcome is that the parent complies with the young person’s wishes in the hope of avoiding further abuse.

Many parents do not know how to react, or where to seek help. They may make allowances and hope the behaviour passes, or try to negotiate with the young person. Typically, parental responses reflect a range of concerns:

  • They, as parents, have failed
  • If they seek help, their child will become known to social services, with unknown consequences
  • Fear, sometimes physical, for themselves and for other children in the family

It is important that a wide range of professionals – from health, housing, schools, police and children and family services – have an understanding of CPA, and know how to refer on to get the family more specific support.

This online training will consider:

  • The prevalence of CPA and how it can manifest
  • The complexities of CPA and the differences between CPA and Intimate Partner Violence
  • The impacts of trauma on children and young people
  • The impacts of abuse within families and the key components in supporting them
  • The requirements of a trauma-informed support service which addresses and responds to CPA

At different points in the sessions, the presenter will refer to case examples and to recent research. The final session on how to respond will include reference to some CPA services, and a list of resources and services will be provided.

This training takes place online and sessions (excluding the Q&A) are pre-recorded by the presenter.

Details of the sessions, with approximate timings, are given in the Agenda section. We advise that you leave some additional time for any reflections or exercises included. PowerPoint slides will be provided.

In order to offer flexibility to busy frontline professionals, the pre-recorded sessions can be accessed at any time over a three-day period, from Tuesday 27th – Thursday 29nd September.

Once you have booked, you will be emailed a brief confirmation. Approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the training days we will email joining instructions which will include your personal access codes, full details of how to join the training and the Q&A sessions, and PowerPoint slides.

We strongly advise accessing the sessions using Chrome, but should you experience any problems, you can just phone us for advice.

The Q&A session is for one hour at 3pm on the final day and runs on software called Bluejeans. This is a live online session with the presenter where you can both listen and speak.

Please feel free to telephone us on 0115 916 3104 or email us on with any queries.

Do also be aware that discounts are available for larger group bookings.


Introduction by the trainer (5 minutes)

Session 1

An overview of CPA – prevalence, types of abuse, gender (20 minutes)

Session 2

Characteristics of families where CPA is prevalent (20 minutes)

Session 3

Understanding the differences between CPA and Intimate Partner Violence (10 minutes)

Session 4

The impacts of abuse and trauma on young people and families (35 minutes)

Session 5

Warning signs of abuse and how to assess (20 minutes)

Session 6

The issue of power… (10 minutes)

Session 7

How to respond – what does a good trauma informed service look like? (30 minutes)

Q&A Session

Live online with the presenter (60 minutes) at 3pm on 29 September 2022.

  • Children’s and families’ social workers
  • Adoption and fostering social workers
  • Local Safeguarding Children Boards
  • Family support professionals
  • Children’s charities
  • Youth and play workers
  • Schools – teaching staff, safeguarding leads, school nurses, parent support workers, exclusions and truancy officers, and mentoring staff
  • Sure Start nursery and other staff
  • Other nurseries
  • Youth justice professionals
  • Police and Community Protection Officers
  • Community safety
  • Tenancy support officers
  • Domestic abuse professionals
  • Women’s centres and wellbeing services
  • Community health services
  • Maternity health services and health visitors
  • Public health
  • Designated Safeguarding leads for organisations, churches and charities


Anyone attending from Scotland or Northern Ireland should be aware that any legal & guidance references are generally English and Welsh policy.

Delegate fee:

 £105 + VAT = £126

*Team of 3 – £295 VAT = £354

*Team of 5 – £475 VAT = £570

Large team bookings of 10 or more can command further discounts. To learn more please ring 0115 916 3104 for further details.


Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellations received will be liable to an administration fee of 25%. 

*Team bookings are non-cancellable.   Substitute delegates will always be accepted up until, and including the day.

Cancellations should be made in writing to up to two weeks before the start of the event and will be acknowledged by return


Confirmation of booking:

Your booking will be confirmed by email within 48 hours.

Joanna Sharpen is an expert in trauma, domestic abuse and child development.

She is recognised as a leading practitioner in the field of children and young people affected by domestic violence and abuse.

She is a highly experienced trainer, and has written many toolkits and training packages, as well as guidance for the Home Office.

Jo was Director of Policy and Projects at AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) until 2020, and now works on a freelance basis.
Jo is also the G100 UK Country Chair for Child Care and Protection.