A campaign to stop children being harmed by ongoing conflict between their parents.
Research overwhelmingly demonstrates that exposure to frequent, intense and poorly resolved conflict between parents has a long-lasting and negative effect on children's mental health and development.1
Indeed, how “couples communicate and engage with each other in managing relationship conflicts both affects their ability to engage in effective parenting practices and can influence children’s mental health outcomes in infancy, childhood, and adolescence, with extended impacts on academic/educational attainment, physical health and well-being, employability, and future relationship stability in later life”.2
1.25 million children in Britain are exposed to interparental conflict.3
We want this to change, and it can.
We would like to see the Government fund local services which seek to address parental conflict
We are calling on the Government to :
Doing this would mean that:
It would reduce, and one day end, the exposure of children to parental conflict.
- for Louie, aged 8:
My mum and dad spend so much time hating each other they don’t have a lot of time to love me.
- for Melanie, aged 5:
They aren’t shouters, they don’t talk at all unless I’m there. I can make them talk, especially if I break a rule like saying I don’t eat that, give me something else please.
- for Lennard, aged 14:
It’s been like this for years I think, I’m used to it but I’ve got a little brother and he doesn’t understand why our family doesn’t feel like other families.
- for Shakira, aged 14:
It’s when she picks up her phone and sighs and rolls her eyes, I know it’s my dad. I’d pay a lot of money to stop that, she just forgets that I love my dad too and I’m stuck right in the middle, trying to make it ok for them both.
- for Paul, aged 17:
I’ve never had a parent notice what they’re doing. I think what happens is that they blame the other parent. So this parent will say the reason you’re not doing well in school, the reason you’re upset, is because this parent is not doing this, so I’ve never had a parent take responsibility for something they’ve done, it’s always the other parent’s fault.
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1 Harold G, Acquah D, Sellers R, and Chowdry H (2016) What works to enhance inter-parental relationships and improve outcomes for children? DWP ad hoc research report no. 32. London: DWP.
2 Harold G, Acquah D, Sellers R, and Chowdry H (2016) What works to enhance inter-parental relationships and improve outcomes for children? DWP ad hoc research report no. 32. London: DWP.
3 Presentation to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Strengthening Couple Relationships and Reducing Interparental Conflict, 21st September 2020