Evidence clearly identifies the impact of trauma on children and highlights children who are exposed to parental conflict can suffer long-term harm affecting emotional and social development, mental health, educational attainment, relationships, and employability.

The Reducing Parental Conflict Programme has been introduced nationally through a DWP Change programme to support families experiencing Parental Conflict. The focus is on supporting parents and carers who are in a relationship or separated. This includes foster carers, adoptive parents, step parents, same sex parents, single parents in conflict with another adult in the family, for example, a grandparent, separated/divorced parents.

Happy Families Happy Futures - Intervention referrals

Referrals for interventions to support families experiencing conflict are now being accepted. These interventions are not for those experiencing Domestic Abuse.

No training is required to complete the referral form (RSQ). Referrals are also considered if only one parent is able to engage.

Please note this is not a self-referring intervention. Please speak with those working with you for more information.

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We offer four types of interventions depending on the family’s circumstances:

Family Transitions Triple P

Advice and guidance to deflect the pressure of divorce or separation away from children.

  • Separated parents or those going through divorce/separation
  • Parents expecting a baby

Incredible Years advanced

Support and techniques to support parents working together and do the best for their children in their early years.

  • Parents in a relationship
  • Parents with a child aged 4 to 12 years

Within My Reach

Helping people improve their relationships with people who matter.

  • Separated parents
  • Parents expecting a baby

Family Check-Up

Building parent’s skills to support positive behaviour.

  • Parents in a relationship and separated parents
  • Parents with children aged 2 to 17 years

If you require further information please contact tania.davies@torbay.gov.uk or the Referral Gateway Team on 01305 228460 or HappyFamiliesHappyFutures@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

Please note Dorset is the referral gateway but the interventions will be delivered in Torbay by Home Start.

Professional training

Free multi-agency training for practitioners and managers in February and March 2020 at Tor Hill House in Torquay.

  • 10 February 2020 - Modules 2 and 3
  • 26 February 2020 - Modules 1 and 4
  • 9 March 2020 - Modules 2 and 3
  • 18 March 2020 - Modules 2 and 3
  • 24 March 2020 - Modules 1 and 4

Module 1 (½ Day)

Introduces parental conflict and the evidence base. It focuses on the impact of parental conflict on children’s outcomes.

Modules 2 and 3 (Full Day)

Module 2 and Module 3 explore how to recognise parental conflict, and introduce evidence based practical tools to support frontline practitioners engage with those experiencing conflict.

Module 4 (½ Day)

Module 4 is aimed at supervisors and managers to support frontline practitioners working with parents in conflict.

Attending any of the classroom based modules gives access to all four modules online through eLearning.

To book please contact tania.davies@torbay.gov.uk.