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Study uncovers impact of lockdown on families experiencing violence from their children

New research has been released exploring the effect of the pandemic on families experiencing Child/Adolescent to Parent Violence (C/APV).

The study by Rachel Condry and Dr Caroline Mills from the University of Manchester took place between April and June 2020.  It involved an online survey with open-ended questions asking parents who had experienced violence from a child aged 10-19 years to tell researchers what they were experiencing during lockdown. Practitioners who work with families were also asked to share their experiences.

According to more than 100 parents and nearly 50 social work practitioners involved in the study, the ‘hidden problem’ of child and adolescent to parent violence (C/APV) has seen a significant increase in the lockdown.

Parents said lockdown pressures had made the problem worse. Being confined at home with the young person was described by one parent as having a ‘cabin fever effect’ and another said lockdown had created a ‘pressure cooker’ environment in an already volatile household.

In a series of recommendations, the report calls for increased planning and support from central government and local authorities, to prevent young people being criminalised and families being left to cope alone, if there is ever a return to lockdown.

Read the full report here.