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Understanding, Recognising and Supporting Parents in Conflict

Please note this training does not include domestic abuse. For further information on domestic abuse training please click on the link http://www.dorsetnexus.org.uk/Search/domestic%20abuse


There is strong evidence that conflict between parents – whether together or separated – can have a significant negative impact on children's mental health and long-term life-chances. Not all conflict is damaging, but where this is frequent, intense and poorly resolved it can harm children's outcomes.

It is recommended you complete Module 1 e-learning before the course. You will be given a log-in once you have registered to attend the one-day training course. Module 1e-learning will cover understanding parental conflict and its impact on child outcomes.

PLEASE NOTE By booking onto the course you will automatically agree for your email address to be shared with the training provider so you can complete e-learning module 1 on line.


  • To recognise the signs of parental conflict at the early stages. It highlights how to support parents in finding constructive outcomes which are shown to provide positive lessons for children to learn such skills as negotiation and compromise
  • To discuss parental conflict with parents. It focuses on practising the skills of handling conversations with parents in conflict using tools and techniques to enable parents to resolve destructive conflict with positive outcomes


  • To recognise relationship distress at an early stage and when it is potentially damaging
  • To support couples experiencing parental conflict and be empowered to act, report or refer should domestic abuse be disclosed/identified
  • To revisit the stressors that may lead to parental conflict
  • To recognise the role of fathers / male carers in a child’s life and understand the importance of including co-parents in all forms of co-parenting couples
  • To build confidence and skills by using effective listening and questioning techniques to identify and discuss parental conflict triggers
  • To understand your role and responsibilities in discussing parental conflict with parents, to help frontline practitioners assist parents to understand the impact of parental conflict on their children
  • To identify the level of conflict encountered and describe the most appropriate support to offer
  • To respond appropriately when parental conflict is identified
  • To practice how to approach conversations that may arise around distressed relationships
  • To know about the available local and national resources available to support parents whose relationship is in conflict
  • To help parents to engage with these services, by being able to describe what they do and what the evidence shows us about long-term outcomes for children
  • To identify when to talk with your manager about possible domestic abuse and/or child safeguarding situations


This training is for frontline practitioners and their managers/supervisors who work directly with children and/or their parents. We hope to encourage a wide range of participants to attend.

14 Feb 2020 09:30 - 17:00

Closing date: 13/02/2020
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Learning and Development Team - Children's Services
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Date and Time

14 Feb 2020 09:30 - 17:00


The Centre Ferndown - Ferndown Hub (FHC - 01 / Function Room 1 (with own kitchen)), The Centre - Ferndown Hub, Barns Road, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 8XH


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