Group A/B/C: Reducing Parental Conflict (Modules 1, 2, 3 & 4)

The Tomlinson Centre

Queensbridge Road, London, E8 3ND

17 & 20th January 2020

09:30 – 17:00

Group A/B/C

Early Help

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Course details:

Aim of the course

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.


This Reducing Parental Conflict training is for those who manage front line practitioners with close relationships with parents. It aims to support those who can influence the reduction in parental conflict and is made up of four half-day modules delivered over two days:


  • Module 1: Understanding parental conflict and its impact on child outcomes
  • Module 2: Recognising and supporting parents in parental conflict
  • Module 3: Working with parents in parental conflict
  • Module 4: Parental conflict – the role of supervisors and managers.


Upcoming dates include:

  • 17th & 20th January 2020, 09.30 – 17.00, The Tomlinson Centre
  • 20th & 26th February 2020, 09.30 – 17.00, The Tomlinson Centre
  • 19th & 24th March 2020, 09.30 – 17.00, The Tomlinson Centre


Module 1: Understanding Parental Conflist and it's Impact on Child Outcomes

By the end of this half-day introductory workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Attain a raised awareness of the existing evidence base around parental conflict
  • Achieve a good understanding of the impact of parental conflict on children’s outcomes
  • Recognise the potential triggers for parental conflict gained from the evidence base
  • Understand the stressors and triggers of parental conflict, including the possible outcomes such as the relationship between mental health and parental conflict.
  • Achieve an understanding of the role of fathers/male carers in a child’s life.
  • Gain an awareness of the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) Resource Hub and the role of Reducing Parental Conflict Ambassadors and Integration Team.
  • Reflect on how to apply the evidence base into areas of work – strategic or operational.

Module 2: Recognising and Supporting Parents in Parental Conflict

By the end of this half-day, skills-based workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise relationship distress at an early stage and when it is potentially damaging.
  • Support couples experiencing parental conflict and be empowered to act, report or refer should domestic abuse be disclosed/identified.
  • Revisit the stressors that may lead to parental conflict.
  • Recognise the role of fathers / male carers in a child’s life and understand the importance of including co-parents in all forms of co-parenting couples.
  • Build confidence and skills by using effective listening and questioning techniques to identify and discuss parental conflict triggers.
  • Understand your role and responsibilities in discussing parental conflict with parents, to help frontline practitioners assist parents to understand the impact of parental conflict on their children.

Module 3: Working with Parents in Conflict.

By the end of this half-day, skills-based workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the level of conflict encountered and describe the most appropriate support to offer.
  • Respond appropriately when parental conflict is identified.
  • Practice how to approach conversations that may arise around distressed relationships.
  • Know about the available local and national resources available to support parents whose relationship is in conflict.
  • Help parents to engage with these services, by being able to describe what they do and what the evidence shows us about long term outcomes for children.
  • Identify when to talk with your manager about possible domestic abuse and/or child safeguarding situations.

Module 4: Reducing Parental Conflict: The Role of Supervisors and Managers.

By the end of this half-day, skills-based workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Support members of staff through the handling of parental conflict situations.
  • Recognise the importance of maintaining a focus on reducing parental conflict.
  • Apply the evidence-base to day to day interactions with parents.
  • Utilise the tools from the toolkit to support frontline practitioners to work with parents in conflict.
  • Use questioning to probe for further details where necessary.
  • Handle supervisory discussions involving parental conflict cases.
  • Advise staff members on the appropriate course of action appropriate to the situation.

Facilitators: KnowledgePool