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An Enfield charity that helps parents who have been abused by their children, has received a grant from the national lottery
A unique charity which helps parents who have been abused by their children has received a lottery grant.
The Parent Abuse and Reconciliation Service (PAARS), which supports parents who have been abused by their adolescent children, has received £300,000 from to help expand the charity.
Many people are more used to thinking in terms of adults abusing children, but the problem is widespread and the charity are looking to set up a new base in River Front, Enfield.
Currently 12 volunteers work with families to tackle the issue through different outlets such as counselling, home visits, and family mediation and parent classes.
With three founders from educational backgrounds and 28 years of experience between them, secretary Ayse Adil believes it not only a concerning problem but a difficult one.
She said: “It is a complex issue, not many people would think this happens but we get a lot of calls from social services or parents themselves who have been abused. Another difficulty is that there are no statistics on adolescent abuse towards a child, which makes it hard to tell how often this takes place.”
The only recognised study into the problem came between April 2009 and March 2010 by Dr Rachel Condry. This discovered that there were 1,892 cases recorded of violence from children ages 13 to 19 towards a parent.
Formed in 2011, the charity is rapidly growing and has received calls from as far off as Yorkshire, enquiring about their services and the co-founder believes that they can crack this problem.
She said: “What’s really positive is that parents are coming to us directly now where as previously it would come from social services. This is a major problem and we are only one of five dedicated services in the UK dealing with the issue, we hope to continue expanding.”