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Research and policy updates from our Relationship Support Alliance partners – September 2013

By OnePlusOne, 27 September 2013

New Relationships Alliance Toolkit

The Relationships Alliance has published a toolkit to help local relationship support managers, relationship educators and counsellors understand the changes in the NHS and the public health sector. By understanding the changes, the key forums to link with and the opportunities that the changes will bring a more holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing, local relationships support providers will be able to more effectively promote their services. This toolkit is the first of a series designed by the Relationships Alliance to develop the capacity of the local relationship support sector. As Sue Burridge, Head of Policy and Research at Marriage Care, who researched the toolkit on behalf of the Alliance said ‘This period of change in the NHS, social services and public health provision which intends to focus on prevention and early intervention and has the freedom to commission services from charities offers relationship support providers a real opportunity to promote their services’. The toolkit is available as a download.

Relationships – the missing link in public health

October 8th see the launch of Relationships – the missing link in public health,  a report from the Relationships Alliance sets out why relationship health should take its rightful place at the heart of the public health agenda. See http://www.tccr.ac.uk/policy/reports after 8th October for more details and to download the report.

New policy briefing from the Relationships Alliance

The Relationships Alliance has published a new policy briefing. Couple relationships and mental health will be available at http://www.tccr.ac.uk/policy/policy-briefings from 3rd October.

Parents as Partners programme

TCCR and Family Action’s Parents as Partners project is progressing well, with groups now open for referrals in six London boroughs. The next wave of groups start in October, and if you are interesting in referring to this free group please contact us on parentsaspartners@family-action.org.uk or see http://www.tccr.org.uk/parents-as-partners-programme for more details. The groups are open to parental couples / co-parents living in Camden, Southwark, Westminster, Islington, Lewisham or Greenwich and parenting at least one child under 11.

CAMHS project

Following a very successful CAMHS Conference in June (with 320 attendees and excellent presentations by Professors Carolyn Pape & Philip Cowan, Professor Gordon Harold, Leezah Hertmann, Lynn Cudmore, Viveka Nyberg and Damian McCann) exploring the impact of parental conflict on children,TCCR has just completed the first of the free two day CAMHS Training for Senior CAMHS Clinicians. This was very well received and all of the participants felt that it was both relevant to their work and were keen to take it back to the CAMHS teams for further development. Recruitment for the second two day training, scheduled for November, is already full but future dates for 2014 will be available in due course from the TCCR website. Work is also taking place in regard to the making of the first of the six webinars connected to this project. Clearly, incorporating the parental/couple relationship into thinking and practice with children, young people and their families is of great interest to our CAMHS colleagues.

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