Reducing Parental Conflict toolkit

Welcome to the Reducing Parental Conflict (RPC) Toolkit which has been designed for Wakefield Families Together (WFT) by Amity Relationship Solutions.

This toolkit sits alongside the RPC training, giving practitioners a better insight into supporting couples and families within the Wakefield District.

In Wakefield, our aim to to foster a supportive social environment for children and their families. This toolkit has been designed to help practitioners guide couples through theoretical considerations around conflict, solution-based techniques and to provide practical tools which empower and instigate constructive conversations.

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It is strongly advised the practitioners attend the Multi-agency RPC Training before using the toolkit.

The training takes a holistic and solution-based approach to understanding conflict, its origin, relational theory and applying models to help empower families in conflict resolution. 

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What is the purpose of the toolkit?
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    It is not the role of the practitioner to counsel or to try to keep couples together but to help couples to understand their conflict and how to repair what is not working, either as an intact couple or as co-parents. The toolkit is designed to give practitioners confidence to have conversations with couples and share knowledge that gives families the tools they need to make their relationships healthier by empowering couples to find their own solutions to their problems.

    It can be used with all kinds of couples, same sex couples, families with adopted children, families where there is a blend of cultures or religions. Remember, it is important to have cultural sensitivity when supporting diverse couples.

How the toolkit helps to safeguard children
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    Relationships significantly influence both our physical and mental health and are the cornerstone to safeguarding children. Strong and positive relationships with family, friends, and the broader community contribute to the well-being and protection of children.

    Navigating relationships can be very difficult, for both adults and children and as practitioners we sometimes have to role model and provide the necessary tools to build strong and healthy connections between and within families and their support networks.

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    Unresolved, destructive conflict has an impact on a child’s wellbeing and development.

    Not all conflict is harmful, but the kind that is re-occurs because there is never a solution found. The effects on a child are real and can cause long lasting issues into adulthood.

    Facilitating conversations with couples to resolve conflict can stop it from escalating into more serious incidents such as domestic and emotional abuse. The toolkit encourages practitioners to help couples find constructive rather than destructive outlets to conflict.

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    The effects of inter-parental conflict can impact on a child’s outcomes later on in life, including mental health difficulties
    (eg aggression, anti-social behaviour, depression, and anxiety), academic attainment and employability, as well as future relationship stability.

    Children do better when they feel safe and secure. This feeling of wellbeing can be largely generated by exposure to healthy relationships within the home. Improving the health of the relationships of the families you work with is something practitioners can have a tanglible impact on whilst encouraging solution-based approaches to every day problems.

To download a full copy of the RPC toolkit and learn more about coping strategies employed by couples, arguing styles, the typical stages in a relationship, the VSA model and much more click the link below.

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