When Karen* could no longer remain in the family home, her partner Geoff* had to step up and become the sole parent of their four children – all of whom were struggling with school attendance. Geoff didn’t feel capable of parenting alone. AV’s Rapid Response team was called in, but due to COVID-19, all support to Geoff had to be delivered via video and phone calls. He was provided with parent training videos where he learnt about setting boundaries, communication and about what children need. After weeks of support, the family is doing much better. Geoff is feeling more confident, and the children are feeling safer now that their home is less chaotic. Geoff continues to attend online support groups and training provided by AV.
*Names have been changed to protect privacy