Child to parent abuse (CPA)

Currently, there is no legal definition for child or adolescent violence and abuse, which can be any form of behaviour by a young person which aims to control, threaten and intimidate their parent(s). It is usually more of a problem as the child becomes older and stronger and the Government defines this as adolescent to parent violence and abuse (APVA).


Adfam offers some advice on child to parent abuse where substance use is a factor.

For out of hours, or if no local service is available, Adfam advises parents to call a helpline such as:

If there is a danger to life, call 999.

Family Lives

Family Lives provides information on teen violence at home and strategies that may help.

Yvonne Newbold SEND VCB

Yvonne Newbold SEND VCB is for parents of children with additional needs who find it difficult to communicate their needs and/or regulate their emotions. They offer a range of information, advice and support, including workshops, for families with children who have SEND who display violent and challenging behaviour towards their caregiver or wider family.

If you are a parent or carer of a child who has SEND VCB, there is a closed Facebook Support group you can join, called Breaking the Silence on SEND VCB.