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Peer to peer support team receives recognition for CPV work

Published: 26.10.16

Adoption UK’s Peer to Peer Support Team has been shortlisted for the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2016, in recognition of the support it provides to adoptive families experiencing child to parent violence (CPV).
Peer to peer support team receives recognition for CPV work

Adoption UK was awarded a government grant last year to deliver peer-to-peer support to adoptive families in England who were experiencing CPV.

At the end of its first year, the project, which was piloted over four regions (South West, West Midlands, East Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside), has already helped 100 families. 

Almost half of all of the families, who received peer support services from us in 2015/16, did so because of significant physical and/or verbal aggression from child to parent.

Adoption UK plans to continue to provide this service as part of our Family Support Service after the project comes to an end. We also hope to be able to offer this service to more families across further areas of the country.

We know already that the parents who receive this service have really valued having help from experienced, skilled and knowledgeable adopter peers

Concerns about child on parent violence have been known to us through the experiences of our members and were starkly evidenced in the research report by the University of Bristol, Beyond the Adoption Order, which found that only 3% of adoptions disrupt but many others were in crisis due to extreme behavioural problems.

Jan Slater, Adoption UK’s Director of Adoption Support, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the team has rightfully been recognised for the significant contribution it makes in supporting adoptive parents who have experienced child to parent violence.

“We know already that the parents who receive this service have really valued having help from experienced, skilled and knowledgeable adopter peers. So now it’s the icing on the cake to hear that the social work profession is short listing this service for such a prestigious award.”

The team has been nominated for the Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice prize and will find out if they have won at an exclusive awards ceremony which will take place in London in November.

The team is one of 78 finalists across 15 categories. The winners from each category will then compete against each other to be named the Overall Social Worker of the Year 2016.

The awards ceremony, which will be held in London on 25th November, recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.

The awards were judged by leading influencers including the Chief Social Workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo as well as Maris Stratulis (England Manager, British Association of Social Workers).

For more information about the Social Worker of the Year Awards please see www.socialworkawards.com.