Adolescent-to-parent violence: an audit of the prevalence in one sample and the response of agencies and professionals involved
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Adolescent-to-parent violence: an audit of the prevalence in one sample and the response of agencies and professionals involved

Helen Pritchett Interim senior safeguarding lead, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Nottingham, England
Julie McGarry Professor in nursing and gender based violence, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your understanding of the complexities of adolescent-to-parent violence (APV)

  • To learn the results of an audit of the prevalence of APV in one sample and the response of different agencies and professionals involved

  • To increase your awareness of the need for multi-agency involvement in addressing APV and supporting families

Adolescent-to-parent violence (APV) is a growing concern. APV is challenging to define and there is a lack of clarity regarding who should respond to it and how. One child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) in England carried out an audit in a sample of 20 young people in whom violence and aggression had been identified as an issue. Among the findings, the audit showed that APV was present in all 20 cases. In almost one third of cases, there was no clear process or framework for multi-agency working and there was evidence of conflict between the agencies involved in the young people’s care. The audit highlights the challenges experienced by CAMHS professionals when encountering young people and families experiencing APV. Improved multi-agency working, a unified response from agencies and a clearer pathway of intervention for children, young people and families affected by APV are needed.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2022.e1603

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

helen.pritchett@nottshc.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Pritchett H, McGarry J (2022) Adolescent-to-parent violence: an audit of the prevalence in one sample and the response of agencies and professionals involved. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2022.e1603

Published online: 10 May 2022

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