We were pleased to be one of the organisations selected to take part in the government’s reducing conflict programmes. The press release from the Department for Work and Pensions is below:
* London organisations to take part in flagship government programme.
* Organisations awarded funding as part of £2.2m fund
* Reducing Parental Conflict Challenge Fund will enable organisations to run pilot programmes looking at new solutions to tackle conflict within families.
* Children exposed to harmful levels of parental conflict are more likely to struggle in school and later in life
A number of London organisations have been selected to take part in a flagship government programme to find new ways to support disadvantaged families at risk of parental conflict.
With children exposed to harmful levels of parental conflict known to often have poorer social and emotional development, impacting their performance in school and in later life, the Government has awarded over £2.2 million between 10 organisations across England to enable them to run pilot programmes looking at new solutions to tackle conflict within families.
Anna Freud Centre, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Tavistock Institute for Medical Psychology andOne Plus One Marriage and Partnership Research all awarded funding to run pilot projects.
The Anna Freud Centre was awarded £110,000 for its project which will see it run intervention sessions to improve parents’ living in Hackney and Islington with the understanding of the impact of conflict on their children and find ways to reduce their exposure to it.
By the end of its project a training plan will be put in place to ensure practitioners from are able to run courses independently.
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust was awarded over £221,000 to develop and test its ‘Being a Parent’ courses to address conflict difficulties to improve couple and family outcomes and test effectiveness of peer-led interventions for target groups.
Tavistock Institute for Medical Psychology was awarded £213,000 to offer ‘Mentalization Based Therapy’ with the aim of helping parents focus, not only on their own feelings and emotions but on the feelings and emotions and needs of their partners and children.
One Plus One Marriage and Partnership Research was awarded £250,000 to train 300 health visitors to identify couples at risk of or experiencing high levels of conflict and introduce digital interventions to them.
Crispin Day, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust said:
“South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and our partners, King’s College, London, Stockport Metropolitan Borough, Sheffield City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, are delighted to have been awarded funding from the DWP Reducing Parental Conflict Challenge Fund.
“The funding will develop an innovative version of our highly successful, evidence-based Empowering Parenting Empowering Communities programme.
“We hope this ground-breaking project will make it easier for couples at risk of conflict to get help more easily and more effectively.”
Representatives from each of the organisations attended a welcome event in London this week and met with the other successful Challenge Fund applicants as well as attend Q&A sessions and take part in workshops.
Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance Will Quince MP spoke at the event which aimed to bring the organisations together to form a support network where they can share best practices, successes and support and learn from one and another over the next 12 months.
Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance Will Quince MP added:
“It’s encouraging that so many organisations have come forward to help us collect evidence and test different, innovative approaches to support affected families.
“We know children exposed to harmful levels of parental conflict often have poorer social and emotional development, impacting their performance in school and in later life.
“We’re committed to changing this, and ensuring that parents can access support to resolve conflict.”
The Challenge Fund is part of a wider £39 million Reducing Parental Conflict programme which aims to transform the way parental conflict support is delivered. The programme equips and encourages all local authority areas to integrate support to reduce parental conflict into local services, working with a range of partners including private organisations and the voluntary sector.