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New programme to help parents manage conflict

Leandra Box

The Race Equality Foundation’s Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) team have been running a programme of work around family conflict and, in particular, conflict between those in parenting/caring roles. This has included our Public Health England-funded Reducing Parental Conflict Toolkit; and training and resources for SFSC facilitators to integrate into delivery of the 13 week programme. We are now preparing to launch our new six week online Reducing Parental Conflict (RPC) programme. 

Drawing on the strengths-based approach of the SFSC curriculum and our experience of supporting parents for more than twenty years as well as the learning from our online SFSC offer, we have developed two online courses that support parents to understand, address and deal with parental conflict. One for parents/carers who live together but find themselves in conflict, and one for parents who want to co-parent but do not live under the same roof.

Both of these courses run over a six-week period. They consist of:

  • six sessions of individualised learning
  • six facilitated group sessions delivered by an experienced member of the SFSC team

Parents can complete the individual session at any time they wish, and will have a choice of times (including evenings) for their group discussions. These courses can be completed on a desktop or laptop computer, a tablet or a mobile phone. The group discussion will check on learning, address current issues that participants are facing and offer responsive practical support and strategies. In between sessions, participants will receive reminders of their upcoming sessions and contact with their facilitator to check on their progress.

Parents complete an online pre and post test questionnaire so that we can measure the changes that take place. They also receive an electronic parent book and a certificate at the end of the course. We can also provide a weekly update on progress of participants through the course to a commissioning agency.

Local authorities who are looking at interventions that fit within the Department of Work and Pensions’ latest round of RPC funding and want to find out more should contact us, as should any other agency that is keen to support the families they work with to address parental conflict.  

Find out more in our Reducing Parental Conflict Interventions Brochure and from leandra@racefound.org.uk.

Leandra Box is the Programme Manager at the Race Equality Foundation.