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Reducing parental conflict – information for professionals

Reducing parental conflict – information for professionals

There is strong evidence that conflict between parents, whether together or separated, can have a significant negative impact on children’s mental health and long-term life-chances. Not all conflict is damaging, but where this is frequent, intense and poorly resolved it can harm children’s outcomes.

The government’s Improving Lives strategy introduced a new focus on tackling the impact of parental conflict on children, with the aim that this will become mainstream, alongside support for parenting. As part of this work, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is leading a national Reducing Parental Conflict Programme to embed evidence-based support to tackle parental conflict in local areas.

Tower Hamlets Council have delivered a range of multi agency training courses since 2019 to enable professionals working with families across the borough to confidently support families dealing with conflict. The training programme has supported local partners and organisations to develop an integrated system-wide response to the reducing parental conflict evidence base

The Early Help Training Programme provides information about all training and opportunities available for professionals to develop skills and knowledge in a number of areas including Reducing Parental Conflict and working with families.

Research and evidence


Further information

If you would like any further information, please visit the Early Intervention Foundation and the Tavistock Relationships policy and research website.

If you would like to find out how you can get involved or for further information about RPC, contact luisa.dornelas@towerhamlets.gov.uk or Kobita.Begum@towerhamlets.gov.uk