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.

Key RPC Programme documents

DWP has produced a set of documents to help local authorities and their partners as they apply for the grant funding which is now available through the national Reducing Parental Conflict Programme. For more information about the programme, and to start the application process for this funding, please contact your local Regional Integration Lead (see contact details below).

Regional Integration Leads

Who's my RIL? Check the RPCP regions map