Disguised Compliance

Disguised compliance involves parents and carers appearing to co-operate with professionals in order to allay concerns and stop professional engagement.

The increasing ease with which the label ‘disguised compliance’ is used puts the focus on parents as the problem, rather than encouraging professionals to think about a two-way relationship and their behaviour in it. (Forrester et al 2012 – Parental resistance and social worker skills: Towards a theory of motivational social work)

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