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:

Register to use the RPC Planning Tool online survey

2. Multi-agency stakeholder workshop:

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