Written by Nina Jacobs, Friday, May 1 2020 -
Police officers should be trained in understanding the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on young people in order to tackle an increase in child to parent violence, new research suggests.
The study was commissioned by Northumbria Police.
A report commissioned by Northumbria Police, Policing Childhood Challenging Violent or Aggressive Behaviour: responding to vulnerable families, makes the recommendation as part of a wider strategy to help its police officers better understand the causes of child to parent violence.
The study, carried out by a research team from Northumbria Universityand training provider Children’s Emotional Language and Thinking, analysed incidents of childhood challenging violent or aggressive behaviour (CCVAB) recorded by Northumbria Police from March 2019 to January 2020.
Researchers found there were 515 incidents of CCVAB which increased month on month between March and July 2019, peaking at 83 before dropping back down to 37 incidents in August.
Just under half of the children (226) involved in the total number of incidents were already known to Northumbria Police.