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Funding available for councils to support more families to resolve parental conflict

Councils can now apply to the Department for Work and Pension for funding to train frontline staff who regularly come into contact with families facing conflict, so that they can intervene at the right time to reduce friction between parents and help shield their children.

The DWP Reducing Parental Conflict programme is working with local family services, including health and social care, the courts and emergency services such as the police, to help them identify parental conflict, provide initial support and refer parents to further interventions such as therapy for a constructive resolution. This includes almost £4 million for councils in England to help resolve conflict between parents.

Research published by DWP shows that nearly nine in ten councils believe the programme's practitioner training is important to embedding support into their services and are positive about the programme's potential to improve outcomes for children in the areas.

For more details of the available funding, click here.