This article explores how professionals who have concerns about 'disguised compliance' can try and approach matters differently.
It explores the NSPCC recommendations and queries if in some cases it is better to end involvement from professionals if safe to do so.
It also explores Motivational Interviewing, a communication style which follows a set of key principles set out below and in the article. Whilst not expected to act as a magic wand its hoped that these key principles will assist parents to engage with professionals more.
Avoid a direct head-on argument about the behaviour you would like to change (whether this relates to pre-existing concerns, such as alcohol misuse, or the issue of disguised compliance itself) Show the parent you understand what they are saying and what life is like for them and their child. Use reflective listening skills and demonstrate empathy Talk in a non-confrontational way about any discrepancy you notice between what the parent says about the plan and what you understand to be their wider goals or objectives (in MI, this is known as ‘change talk’) Encourage the parent to come up with possible solutions or alternative behaviours themselves rather than advising or directing them