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Lewisham Safeguarding Children Partnership

If you are worried about the welfare or safety of a child or young person

Email: mashagency@lewisham.gov.uk

Tel: 020 8314 6660

Lewisham Safeguarding Children Partnership

Email: safeguardingpartnership@lewisham.gov.uk

Tel: 020 8314 3396

Lewisham Reducing Parental Conflict Training (Free)

Target Group:           Professionals who work directly with children and families

Trainer:                      Knowledgepool

Dates:                        Monday 24th February 2020

                                   Tuesday 25th February 2020

                                   Monday 9th March 2020

Time:                          09:00 - 16:30

Delegates:                 20 spaces per training date

Joining instructions below:

Registration via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lewisham-reducing-parental-conflict-tickets-92353627185

Parental Conflict

“Research shows that quality inter-parental relationships - regardless of whether the couple is together or not - and the ability to resolve conflict, has a huge influence on the long term life chances of children. Improving inter-parental relationships… is vital to ensure we avoid missing a crucial piece of the jigsaw in improving children’s mental health and future life chances.” - Early Intervention Foundation 2016.

Where conflict between parents is frequent, intense and poorly resolved it can harm children’s outcomes – regardless of whether parents are together or separated.

The risk of conflict between parents is higher at crucial points in family life, such as becoming pregnant, having a baby, a child starting or changing school, separation/divorce and unemployment. However relationship difficulties are often seen as a private matter and help may only be sought during a relationship crisis.

RPC Training: Aims and Objectives

By the end of the training, delegates will be able to:

  • Recognise relationship distress at an early stage and when conflict is potentially damaging
  • Support couples experiencing parental conflict and be empowered to act, report or refer should domestic abuse be disclosed/identified
  • Recognise the role of fathers / male carers in a child’s life and understand the importance of including co-parents in all forms of co-parenting couples
  • Build confidence and skills by using effective listening and questioning techniques to identify and discuss parental conflict triggers
  • Understand your role and responsibilities in discussing parental conflict with parents, to help frontline practitioners assist parents to understand the impact of parental conflict on their children
  • Practice how to approach conversations that may arise around distressed relationships
  • Know about the available local and national resources available to support parents whose relationship is in conflict
  • Help parents to engage with these services, by being able to describe what they do and what the evidence shows us about long term outcomes for children
  • Identify when to talk with your manager about possible domestic abuse and/or child safeguarding situations


Note: This programme is designed for parental conflict situations and does not cover the knowledge, skills or techniques required in more complex cases of domestic abuse or domestic violence.


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