In Salford, we believe that our relationships with the people around us matter. Strong relationships help us meet the needs of our families. We recognise that most of us look to our partners, friends, and wider family as we navigate the daily pressures of life. However, we know that when we are under pressure sometimes this can affect our relationships.
In Salford, services are working together to provide information and services to families where they feel they need some help to strengthen relationships and find ways to communicate better and avoid conflict.
The short animation below will tell you a little more about why avoiding conflict is important and how frequent, intensive, unresolved conflict can affect children.
Transcript for animation
Conflict between parents is normal but if exposure is frequent, intense and poorly resolved this can have a damaging impact on children. This can result in long-term mental health issues and emotional social behavioural and academic problems as they grow up.
Today there is a growing awareness of the importance of the quality of the relationship between parents whether they are together or separated and the need to tackle conflict in the best interests of children.
There may be lots of services in your area that focus on parenting or the relationship between parents and children. But the ability of these services to help children is likely to be reduced if damaging parental conflict is left unresolved. This is a problem if it means that important local services and programs aren't equipped to improve children's lives in the way we all want them to.
Many practitioners and services working at the frontline lack the confidence, tools and knowledge to identify and support families where damaging conflict is going on. Many parents only seek help when conflict reaches crisis point. Many families experiencing poverty or financial stress, who are at a greater risk of experiencing damaging conflict, are less likely to get access to vital support.
Early intervention to reduce the impact of parental conflict needs to be at the heart of services, to improve outcomes for children and improve the effectiveness of other family support.
We can help you to shape these services in your area, visit our website to find out more.