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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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“One of my greatest passions is helping children and parents grow into the best versions of themselves they can possibly be.” ~ Susan Stiffleman, 2012 (psychotherapist and marriage/family therapist)

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Relationships between parents and schools

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Improved relationships between parents and schools are particularly important in sustaining positive outcomes for young people. (From:https://www.gov.uk)

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Needs, strengths and difficulties

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Staff are appropriately trained to enable young people and/or parents/carers to identify their needs, strengths and difficulties. From: https://www.england.nhs.uk

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A complete developmental history is often needed and this is typically best provided by parents and/or carers.

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Parents and staff can help young people establish high-quality friendships that provide skills in validation, intimacy, companionship and conflict resolution.

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Staff take into account family history and current functioning: genetic and psychosocial factors, household composition, history of parent’s own childhood, life events, sibling relationships, parental strengths and difficulties, absent parents, separated parents relationship.

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“From a staff perspective, accurate information is seen as valuable in helping parents make realistic expectations about in-patient services.” (See YoungMinds’ Where Next)

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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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It’s sometimes really useful to hear if parents have been able to explain to the YP why they have been admitted to the ward in a way that the YP can understand and accept. This also gives staff a chance to hear the YP’s direct experience in their own words.

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