About the RPC Programme

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is developing a national offer of parental relationship support, including face-to-face provision, workforce training and the development of tools to support practitioners when working with families, and a central ‘what works’ infrastructure to support local delivery.

DWP is seeking to increase effective provision to tackle parental conflict and improve outcomes for children. Between 2015 and 2018, they funded local areas to pioneer approaches to increasing support for family relationships through the Local Family Offer Programme.

A new national Reducing Parental Conflict (RPC) Programme, announced in 2017, invests £39 million until 2021 to support both the supply and demand for evidence-based interventions at a local level.

The RPC Programme is built around eight key components:

  • testing the UK effectiveness of eight face-to-face interventions for workless families, delivered through four regional contracts in the South West, London, East of England and the North East
  • strategic leadership support for every local authority area to plan for reducing parental conflict, using a new Planning Tool
  • training for the relationship support workforce, to increase the supply of evidence-based help
  • exploring the potential of digitally delivered support, particularly around key life events known to increase the risk of conflict
  • training and guidance for the frontline workforce, to improve identification and effective referral to appropriate support
  • regional support to embed addressing parental conflict, delivered through a team of Regional Integration Leads (RILs) with experience of local public service delivery
  • a ‘what works’ function, to ensure that local commissioners understand why addressing parental conflict is important and how to do it
  • evaluation, to continue building the evidence base.

Regional Integration Leads

Who’s my RIL? Check the RPCP regions map

Strategic Leadership Support

Healthy relationships between parents are an important focus for early intervention and local family services. The quality of the relationship between parents, specifically how they communicate and relate to each other, has a significant influence on effective parenting and child outcomes.

DWP is inviting every top-tier local authority in England to strengthen their strategic capability to reduce parental conflict, via a planning tool which has been designed by EIF. The RPC Planning Tool helps local areas to identify system strengths and areas for development.

There are two different ways to use this tool: either complete an online survey and hold a multi-agency stakeholder workshop, or hold a multi-agency stakeholder workshop. Information on the two options is below. Once you decide which option you’d like, please click on the appropriate ‘Register to use’ button.

1. Online survey and multi-agency stakeholder workshop:

  • The online survey, built around the RPC Planning Tool, should be completed by 10–15 key stakeholders individually, whom you identify. The survey takes around 30 minutes to complete.
  • Following completion of the survey, EIF will send you a spreadsheet summary of the survey results. As the spreadsheet will be in raw data format you will need to allow time to input this information into a summary report.
  • The collated results from the survey should then be used to guide a multi-agency stakeholder workshop, in order to understand local progress on reducing parental conflict and to identify priorities for action. This workshop should involve a wider set of stakeholders, and may last around half a day (download a half-day workshop agenda template).
  • Completing the online survey first means that stakeholders will be better prepared when they come together and can move from talk to action more quickly.
  • Following the workshop, submit your Planning Tool conclusions to DWP by filling out the submission template (.XLSX) and emailing it to caxtonhouse.rpc@dwp.gov.uk. Note: Submission spreadsheet file and email address updated 28/05/19.

Register to use the RPC Planning Tool online survey

2. Multi-agency stakeholder workshop:

  • The workshop is a means of bringing together your key stakeholders to consider your current position on tackling parental conflict, identify priorities and develop an action plan.
  • At the workshop you should work through the RPC Planning Tool, confirming a local rating for each of the 10 key elements, identifying evidence to support this rating, and agreeing actions that will help you to make improvements.
  • You may need up to a full day for the workshop (download a full-day workshop agenda template) to allow sufficient time for your stakeholders to understand why reducing parental conflict is important and how the planning tool works, and for discussion on ratings, evidence and actions.
  • This method reduces the preparation time required, as stakeholders will not fill out the online survey beforehand, but extends the time needed to work through the elements of the Planning Tool in the workshop.
  • Following the workshop, submit your Planning Tool conclusions to DWP by filling out the submission template (.XLSX) and emailing it to caxtonhouse.rpc@dwp.gov.uk. Note: Submission spreadsheet file and email address updated 28/05/19.

Register to use the RPC Planning Tool offline

If you have any questions, please watch the EIF webinar introducing the SLS process, read our RPC Strategic Leadership Support FAQs, or for further information, contact your Regional Integration Lead.

Other RPC Programme documents from DWP

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