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What Works to Enhance Inter-Parental Relationships and Improve Outcomes for Children?

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The Early Intervention Foundation have carried out a review of ‘What works to enhance inter-parental relationships and improve outcomes for children.

Key findings include:

  • The quality of the inter-parental relationship, specifically how parents communicate and relate to each other, is increasingly recognised as a primaryinfluence on effective parenting practices and children’s long-term mental health and future life chances.
  • Parents/couples who engage in frequent, intense and poorly resolved inter-parental conflicts put children’s mental health and long-term life chances at risk.
  • Children of all ages can be affected by destructive inter-parental conflict, with effects evidenced across infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
  • The context of the wider family environment is an important factor that can protect or exacerbate child outcomes in response to exposure to inter-parental conflict. In particular, levels of negativity and parenting practices can exacerbate or moderate the impact of inter-parental conflict on children.
  • Inter-parental conflict can adversely affect both the mother-child and father-child relationship, with evidence suggesting that the association between inter-parental conflict and negative parenting practices may be stronger for the father-child relationship compared to the mother-child relationship.

http://www.eif.org.uk/

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Breaking down complex problems

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Young people value sessions that focus on breaking down their complex problems into a single goal that they can describe and visualise.

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Identify and name strengths

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It is important that any service helps young people to identify and name their strengths, giving them an opportunity to talk about how they have done things differently, or how they coped with situations that were complex. This can increase their confidence in talking to people around them. From: theguardian.com

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Where possible a service should involve a young person’s carers, parents or social workers. This helps to create a safe space for some difficult conversations and ensure continuity of the work, while avoiding duplication of intervention. From:http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network-nspcc-partner-zone/2015/jul/07/5-ways-to-engage-with-distressed-young-people

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Ensure the venues are appropriate, both in terms of location and atmosphere – little things like the availability of food and drink can help reduce nervousness about meeting and talking to someone new. From http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network-nspcc-partner-zone/2015/jul/07/5-ways-to-engage-with-distressed-young-people

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A lot of young people who are admitted feel very anxious at first, especially because they’re away from their parent or primary carer. Staff begin talking about this with the young person early on and provide lots of reassurance. After some time, they are usually able to engage in activities and conversations with others. An emphasis on positive engagement is crucial, forming a trusting relationship and managing this separation in a considerate and gradual way.

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Generic group staff competences include an ability to plan the group structure and to recruit appropriate service users, as well as a capacity to engage group members and manage group process. (see UCL CAMHS Competence model)

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Children and the Police

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In July 2013 the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children began an inquiry into ‘Children and the Police’. This explored the police’s relationships with children and young people, how the police seek to engage with children and young people; and children and young people’s views of the police.

The inquiry’s final report, published in October 2014, set out recommendations for policing and government bodies to support police forces to improve the way they work with children and young people.

On 30 November 2015, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children published a new report that examined progress made over the past year and the remaining gaps and challenges, focusing on four key areas:

  • the promotion of good practice
  • reducing the prosecution of children
  • the detention of young people in police custody
  • stop and search.

Download the report here

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