Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Partnership

Reducing Parental Conflict - E-Learning Course

Module 1: Understanding Parental Conflict and Its Impact on Child Outcomes: How can I use the evidence base to support parent relationships?


This module is designed as part of an awareness programme exploring the evidence base for parental conflict and its impact on children. Open to a wide range of participants including front line practitioners, senior leaders, and service designers or commissioners working in a variety of roles across the reach of Local Authorities and associated organisations, for whom increased awareness will lead to greater identification of opportunities for early intervention.


By the end of this introductory eLearning, participants will be able to:

  • Attain a raised awareness of the existing evidence base around parental conflict
  • Achieve a good understanding of the impact of parental conflict on children’s outcomes
  • Recognise the potential triggers for parental conflict gained from the evidence base
  • Understand the stressors and triggers of parental conflict, including the possible outcomes such as the relationship between mental health and parental conflict
  • Achieve an understanding of the role of fathers/male carers in a child’s life
  • Gain an awareness of the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) Resource Hub and the role of Reducing Parental Conflict Ambassadors and Integration Team
  • Reflect on how to apply the evidence base into areas of work - strategic or operational

Course Agenda

  • Introduction & housekeeping
  • Module objectives
  • Participants’ introductions
  • Parental conflict and its impact on relationships
  • Causes of parental conflict
  • The vulnerability stress adaptation model
  • Recognising the impact of parental conflict on outcomes for children (evidence base findings)
  • The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF)

Reducing Parental Conflict - E-Learning Course