The Toxic Trio - Handle with Care

Monday, 5 October 2019
The term ‘Toxic Trio’ in child protection, is often used to describe instances where there is domestic abuse, parent substance misuse and / or parental mental health issues.  Research has shown that more and more children are living in families where all three factors are present, and thatthe ‘combination of these three problems can produce a toxic caregiving environment for the child’(Brandon, Bailey et al. 2009).
Is it time to build a much broader and more nuanced understanding of the trio of risk in these instances? How do we keep our focus on the impact on the child, carefully examine such complex evidence, and keep an open mind to other potential risks?  How should we be thinking about the children who are abused in families where none of these factors are present?
This conference will look behind the raw numbers and examine what this means in reality.  What does ‘toxic trio’ mean and how should professionals including social workers, Guardians and lawyers approach this area of work both in a humane manner and in a way that can offer protection to children?  Dr Marian Brandon will present her research, and ask us to consider why professionals should be cautious of misinterpreting or giving undue prominence to the ‘toxic trio’.
The conference will also hear from leading professionals who work in the specialised areas within this field, and will be chaired byMr Jerry Bull a Director with Atkins Hope Solicitors who has extensive experience in complex legal work with children and families.
Chair of the Conference:  Jerry Bull, Child Care Solicitor 
More details coming soon.