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Early Intervention Foundation. (2018) Why reducing parental conflict matters for the NHS. London: Early Intervention Foundation. 4 p.

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This EIF sector briefing sets out how NHS and health-related commissioners and workforces can understand and address the risks to children associated with long-term, intense and poorly resolved conflict between parents.

Defining the problem:
• Conflict between parents can harm children’s outcomes.
• Some families are more vulnerable to parental conflict.
• Parental conflict reduces the effectiveness of family services.

Reducing parental conflict is everyone’s business:
Any clinician, practitioner or volunteer working with children, young people and families can have an impact on reducing parental conflict. The briefing provides specific guidance for primary care teams, midwifery, health visitors and mental health practitioners.

Take action now:
Local NHS leaders and commissioners have a key role in reducing the impact of parental conflict on children by integrating this within the wider system of family support for health and wellbeing, working with their partners in local government, schools, the police and the voluntary sector. This should include recognising parental conflict within wider service review, aligning and pooling resources with their partners, investing in specialist interventions for reducing parental conflict, and building workforce confidence and capability to identify and act on conflict between parents.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD prevention, Education and training
Source:Early Intervention Foundation
Date:March 2018
Pages:4 p.
Publisher:Early Intervention Foundation
Corporate Creators:Early Intervention Foundation
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Family-focused prevention
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family structure > Family support
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role > Role of parent
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Parent-child relations
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime and violence
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Social services > Services for family and children
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
T Demographic characteristics > Social worker
T Demographic characteristics > Child of substance user
T Demographic characteristics > Parent

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