Addressing parental conflict and the quality of interparental relationships is a critical component of improving child outcomes. Just targeting the parent–child relationship in the context of ongoing parental conflict, for example through parenting interventions, is unlikely to be effective or improve outcomes for children. Anyone working with children, young people and families can, however, play an important role in reducing the impact of parental conflict on children.
Watch this short animation on why early intervention to reduce parental conflict needs to be at the heart of local services, and how we can help shape these services in your area.
Find out what this agenda means for staff working in the NHS, including primary care teams, midwifery, health visitors and mental health practitioners, and how all health practitioners can have an impact.
Find out what this agenda means for staff in local government, including early help, Troubled Families support, social care and commissioned family services.
Find out what this agenda means for anyone working in schools, including teachers and teaching assistants, headteachers, school leaders and governors, as well as staff in welfare and specialist roles.
Learn about the government's proposals to address parental conflict when supporting workless families with multiple disadvantages, building on initiatives such as the Local Family Offer.