The Reducing Parental Conflict (RCP) Programme has been established nationally through a DWP Change programme to address Parental Conflict in ‘Intact couples’ and ‘Separated parent’ families with a focus on supporting parents and carers. Parental conflict 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.

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.

Intervention referrals

Torbay is now taking referrals for interventions to reduce parental conflict. 

No training is required to complete the referral form (RSQ) and once submitted (with consent) Home Start will make contact. 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 4 types of interventions depending on the family’s individual circumstances:

Family Transitions advanced 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 4–12 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 2–17 years

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

Professional training

The RPC programme is offering free training for both practitioners and managers in Torbay in November 2019.

The Reducing Parental Conflict programme is delivered over four ½-day (3.5 hour) modules which have been designed to be delivered either as separate ½-day events or may be combined to create 1, 1 ½ or 2 day events, part classroom based and part e-learning. Sessions focus on building awareness of the topic, opportunities to experiment with relevant scenarios and hands-on activities to create an immersive experience.

  • Trainer: Knowledge Pool (Capita)
  • Audience: Multi-agency professionals across the Children's and Young People's workforce.
  • Cost: Free on the understanding that all those who attend will champion Reducing Parental Conflict within their organisations and lead on embedding of the approach within the work that they do.

Module 1

Introduces parental conflict and how to interpret and use the evidence base.

Modules 2 and 3

Module 2 and Module 3 introduce practical tools to support frontline practitioners, identify and explore parental conflict and support couples/co-parents in parental conflict stations no matter what their role.  Both Modules 2 and 3 focus on skills practice with an emphasis on applying the appropriate tools and actions with respect to the evidence base.

Module 4

Module 4 is aimed at supervisors and managers only and their approach to supporting practitioners.

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.