Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (APVA)
Respect Young People Programme (RYPP)
The RYPP is a programme for families where children or young people aged between 10 and 16 are abusive or violent towards the people close to them, particularly their parents or carers. This abuse may be physical, verbal, financial, coercive or emotional and may include behaviour like hitting, making threats or causing damage in the home.
The programme avoids blame and works together with both the parents/ carers and young person, seeing them all as part of the solution. The programme is designed to enable families to identify negative behaviour patterns and work towards positive outcomes.
The RYPP practitioners provide support, insight and simple solutions to help to improve family relationships via weekly structured sessions and takes about 3 months to complete.
Sessions are varied and use a variety of tools and techniques. Some sessions are with the whole family, some with the parent and some with the young person. The programme reaches its full potential if both the young person and parent(s)/Carer(s) are willing to engage.
The RYPP was originally funded under the “Realising Ambition Programme” via the Big Lottery Fund. The funding enabled us to work with partner agencies to pilot the RYPP to test efficacy and enable replication. For those who took part there was:
“…a statistically significant improvement in nearly all areas, including emotional wellbeing, conduct, pro-social behaviour, and … an overall improvement in mental health and the behaviour of young people.’
Social Research Unit 2016
Sibling Abuse is often a much under-reported dynamic of APVA. Siblings can be affected by their experience of APVA as bystanders or targeted by their abusive sibling.
Respect does not currently provide specifically targeted resources to address this issue, but it is addressed within the wider remit of the RYPP and associated training.
Training and Implementation
Respect don’t work directly with young people and families. We provide comprehensive training, implementation materials and on-going support.
The package includes the delivery manual for family, parent and young people’s sessions, as well as guidance in relation to implementation, referrals, case and risk management and video materials.
If you require further information about the RYPP or RYPP Practitioner training, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RYPP Providers in your area
IDAS – Independent Domestic Abuse Services
Area – North Yorkshire, Selby, Harrogate, Craven, Scarborough/Ryedale District, York District and Hambleton/Richmondshire
Phone Helpline: 03000 110 110
Stockport Youth Offending Service
Area – Stockport Borough
Phone 0161 474 4788
Gateshead Youth Offending Service
Area – Borough of Gateshead
Phone 0191 4334557/4334559
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Area – Calderdale
Family Intervention Team 01422 392819
Leicester Jenkins Centre
Area – Leicester City and Leicestershire
Contact: Kathleen Connell
Phone: 0116 2540101
Swindon Restorative Youth Services
Area – Swindon (but not the surrounding areas of Wiltshire)
Email Tracey Bayliss email@example.com
Phone 01793 463891
Manchester Metropolitan Borough Council
Area contacts – Children’s Social Care
South Tyneside 0191 4245011
Gateshead 0191 4333319
North Tyneside 0345 200109
Sunderland 0191 5661500
Northumberland 01670 536400
Newcastle 0191 2777881
Wiltshire Youth Offending Service
What parents are saying about the RYPP…
’The programme helped me to understand my son’s behaviour and gave me more confidence in my parenting”
“ I found real strength in knowing I was going to see the worker on a regular basis. This increased my self- confidence and my ability to use new strategies to manage volatile situations”
What young people are saying about the RYPP…
“… It helped me have a better relationship with my mum”
“… It helped me not to get mad as often…I don’t get mad like I used to and I am happier”
“… It made my relationship with my mum better, we don’t fall out as often and if we do, it doesn’t last as long”
Respect are currently adapting the RYPP and developing programmes to enable practitioners to support young people and families where there are specific issues.
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