Reducing parental conflict

Reducing parental conflict

Parental conflict, including parents who are together or separated, which is frequent, intense and poorly resolved, puts children's mental health and long-term life chances at risk.

The Reducing Parental Conflict Programme (RPC), or 'Relationships Matter' provides four, funded pathways of intervention. These programmes have been proven to improve family stability and improve outcomes for children, including:

Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) - Parenting Under Pressure



Parents Plus - Parenting When Separated 


Family Check-Up


Incredible years advanced programme leaflet 


Making a referral 

The Referral Stage Questionnaire (RSQ) is not just a form, it is a tool for practitioners to facilitate a discussion with both parents about their relationship. The RSQ has been described by parents as the first time that they have been asked about their relationship. The RSQ has been rigorously tested and researched, every question is there for a reason. 

Professionals can use this short video to help explain the aims and benefits of the programme.

We need an RSQ for each parent, along with the Participation Agreement signed by you (as link worker) and the parents - see top right under documents. Once complete scan all four documents and email to 

Get advice and support by calling the Referral Gateway Team for a pre-referral discussion Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm on 0191 433 3355.  

Please note the last date for referrals to the programme is 16 March 2022

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