Published On: 14 September 2021

The Race Equality Foundation has today launched a new toolkit which aims to reduce health inequalities and improve health and wellbeing for children, through reducing parental conflict.

The unique toolkit highlights that:

●  1 in 10 children living with both parents have one parent reporting ‘relationship distress’

●  Children’s wellbeing and life outcomes are affected by conflict between their parents from the womb

● The cost of family breakdown is estimated at £51 billion annually

The tool, made up of nine sections, is the first of its kind in explaining how culture influences non-violent conflict, particularly in relation to harder-to-reach groups like those from ethnic minority backgrounds, fathers and LGBTQ+ parents.

It has been co-produced by the Race Equality Foundation, two partners (Men’s Health Forum and the Association of Mental Health Providers) and frontline practitioners – such as public health nurses, including health visitors, school nurses, general practice nursesand midwives – and other professionals working with families, as well as parents and young people.

It also contains resource sheets for parents to work through their feelings and actions and signposts to further support, such as the Race Equality Foundation’s accredited “Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities”parenting programme.

Eleni Bloy, Consultant at the Race Equality Foundation said: “Conflict does not need to be violent or obvious to be harmful to children. Understanding what harmful conflict is, how it affects children and why it happens is crucial so that parents can do their best for their children and their wellbeing.

“It’s also incredibly important for practitioners to understand the role of ethnicity and culture when it comes to relationship conflict, communication and engagement with services, so they can spot the signs and offer support.

“We are hugely grateful to our project partners, for the support of the Department for Work and Pensions and the Chief Nurse Directorate from Public Health England, and funding from the Health & Wellbeing Alliance to make this significant work a reality.”

Access the toolkit here.


Notes to editors

  1. About the Toolkit

The Race Equality Foundation, with the support of the Association of Mental Health Providers and Men’s Health Forum were commissioned to develop this learning resource and toolkit for public health nurses (including health visitors, school nurses, general practice nursesand midwives) and other professionals working with families. It is not designed for use where domestic violence/abuse is present. The project was authored by Eleni Bloy and funded by Public Health England through VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance. Find out more about the project here.

  1. About the Race Equality Foundation

The Race Equality Foundation is a national charity tackling racial inequality across public services to improve the lives of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Our areas of work cover health and care, housing, children and families, employment, communities and more.

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