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COPMI: a hidden group


Here is an illustration of some of the key indicators that COPMI may display in a professional setting such as at school.

It is important to note that not all COPMI will necessarily display all (or any!) of these signs, but it provides a good starting point to start to identify COPMI and other vulnerable children and young people within your professional environment who may need additional support.

Some indicating features that may be even more specific to COPMI are:

  • Parents not attending or responding to invitations for parent meetings
  • Children making excuses for parents
  • Children seeming uncharacteristically quiet and withdrawn
  • Social isolation
  • A stall or drop in grades
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