Co-parenting Without Conflict (Reducing Parental Conflict)

Without our knowledge and experience of working in safeguarding and supporting children and their families, we have produced a one-day programme that provides participants with opportunities to explore the causes of parental conflict and acquire knowledge, skills, and techniques to support families. Our trauma-informed programme adds value, includes the child’s voice, and considers diversity and difference.

Target Audience

This one-day programme is for anyone who works directly with families to reduce parental conflict e.g. Early Help Practitioners, Social Workers, Health Visitors, Family Workers, School Safeguarding Leads, Child and Adolescents Mental Health (CAMHS) Practitioners, Youth Workers, Family Intervention Workers – anyone who is named in the Statutory Guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children

Learning Objectives

By attending this half-day introductory programme, you should be able to:

Learning Objectives are for practitioners to:

  • Understand the difference between parental conflict and domestic abuse to ensure the correct response (local authority threshold criteria)
  • Develop their understanding and knowledge of destructive parental conflict so that can identify parental relationship distress at early stage
  • Develop their understanding of how conflict escalates in the parental relationship and be able to support parents using meaningful strategies to de-escalate the conflict
  • Become familiar with tools for assessing needs, parental vulnerabilities, stressors and triggers
  • Consider diversity and difference and the implications for supporting parents in conflict
  • Understand the importance of engaging both parents in resolving parental conflict
  • Understand the impact of parental conflict on children and use a range of tools to ensure their voice is an inherent part of the support to parents
  • Build confidence in key areas of practice – empathetic questioning, effective interviewing techniques, professional curiosity, empowering parents to change
  • Understanding the cycle of change and parents’ readiness to change
  • Develop a collaborative SMART plan to support parents focusing on protecting children from parental conflict and potential significant harm