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Supporting professionals to support families

The Healthy Relationships Partnership worked build on the good practice of the workforce supporting families and young people through the wider Early Help system (encompassing Local Authority Early Help, Health Visiting, Education and the Voluntary and Community Sector). We worked in Hartlepool to raise awareness of the importance of parental relationships and the impact they have on children as well as helping staff and organisations to be more confident in supporting parental relationships.

From our experience professionals working in a range of settings which support families can sometimes be unsure about what they can do to help parents have healthier relationships and how to respond when parents report that they’re experiencing issues in their relationship.We set out to support workers to be able to recognise relationship distress and feel confident and supported to respond. We worked to give professionals and organisations the skills, knowledge and confidence to incorporate an understanding of parental relationships into the work they already do.

There is clear evidence to show that where it is possible to strengthen couple relationships there are profound benefits for adult and child well-being, as well as improved parenting. This essential guide for practitioners give you the knowledge and practical advice you need to support couple relationships no matter what setting or agency you work in. Learn how to Recognise, Respond to and Review relationship distress.

Original content from OnePlusOne, adapted for Hartlepool by our team!

This interactive toolkit gives you the guidance to be able to understand parental conflict, respond effectively and signpost to appropriate services available to families in Hartlepool where needed.

Adapted with permission from Hertfordshire County Council for Hartlepool by our team.

Having a new baby can be a particularly stressful time and put strain on parents’ relationship. The guidance contains original content from OnePlusOne adapted for Hartlepool by our team in consultation with local Health Visitors and families. Find out how you can support the parental relationship at this vital stage through individual, couple and group work.

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