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Disguised Compliance

Event/course Code EDU 22/074(3)
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction ‘Disguised compliance involves parents and carers appearing to co-operate with professionals in order to allay concerns and stop professional engagement (Reder et al, 1993)1. This can mean that social workers and other practitioners may be unaware of what is happening in a child’s life and the risks they face may be unknown to local authorities.’ (NSPCC, 2021)

Learning from serious case reviews have highlighted that there is a need for practitioners working with families to be able to recognise disguised compliance and to be aware of what actions to take.

The session will take place online and joining instructions will be emailed to confirmed delegates 24 hours from the start of the course.
Event Content During this session delegates will be introduced to the concept of disguised compliance and explore what the indicators are including:
• No significant change at reviews despite input
• Failure to keep to appointments
• Little effort being made to implement change by parents/carers after agreement with a professional
• Focusing on one particular area

Delegates will explore why families may not want to co-operate with a service and the ways that they may deceive professionals.

Once provided with the concept and indicators the session will focus on developing strategies to working with disguised compliance that may include:
• Setting short term goals that are achievable
• Being respectful even though there is uncertainty
• Looking carefully at the evidence
• Watching and learning
• Making unannounced visits

This session will be delivered by Scott Henry. Scott founded Social Care Training Solutions in 2015 with a belief that everybody has the power to redefine themselves.

His mission is to teach Social Care Practitioners and Carers how to use Psycho-social interventions to halt the complex cycle of childhood trauma and substance misuse.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of this session delegates will be able to:

• Understand and explain what is meant by disguised compliance?
• Indicators of disguised compliance and responses to professionals
• Understanding the functions of and developing strategies for working with disguised compliance
• Develop increased understanding of why families may not want to co-operate with service
• Increase awareness of ways in which practitioners may be deceived
• Develop techniques and strategies to work more effectively with reluctant families
Trainers Tori Davey
Course categories Safeguarding and Child Protection
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19+ yrs No 
Event/course administrator Workforce Development (
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Friday 22 April 202210:00 - 12:00Home Study, N/A, N/A