Disguised compliance: learning from case reviews

Last updated: 04 Sep 2018 Topics: Case reviews Safeguarding and child protection

Summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice around families and disguised compliance

Disguised compliance involves parents giving the appearance of co-operating with child welfare agencies to avoid raising suspicions and allay concerns. Published case reviews highlight that professionals sometimes delay or avoid interventions due to parental disguised compliance.

The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals need to establish the facts and gather evidence about what is actually happening, rather than accepting parent’s presenting behaviour and assertions.  By focussing on outcomes rather than processes professionals can keep the focus of their work on the child.

Published: March 2014