Inter-parental relationships and Young People's Mental Health

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Working well to understand how the inter-parental relationship affects Children and Young People’s Mental Health

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This event will provide an opportunity for participants to hear the evidence of the impact of inter-parental conflict on children and young people, their mental health and emotional well-being, educational experiences and future life outcomes.

“Good inter-parental relationships are another protective factor for children’s and young people’s mental health, particularly for children living in poverty. Children who are exposed to persistent and unresolved parental conflict are at a greater risk of early emotional and behavioural problems, anti-social behaviour as an adolescent and later mental health problems as they transition into adulthood.” Green paper on transforming children and young people's mental health 2017

Hear from Professor Gordon Harold about how the inter-parental relationship affects children and young people and the implications for practice and policy.

Profile: Professor of the Psychology of Education and Mental Health

Speakers include:

  • Sue Chapman, Herts CC, aligning Reducing Parental Conflict and SEND
  • Schools perspective


  • Understand the key learning from research on Reducing Parental Conflict
  • Understand the impact of inter-parental conflict on children and young people
  • Increased awareness of the additional stress and pressure on parental relationships when you have a child with additional needs
  • Hear examples of work taking place to support young people experiencing the impact of parental conflict

Target audience

Professionals working with children, young people and families experiencing damaging inter-parental conflict; educational staff, social workers, health colleagues, early help workers, coaches.

This will also be of interest to commissioners, strategic leaders, analysts, researchers and those working in the voluntary sector.

Hosted by the RPC Programme as a ‘Community of Practice’ event on MS Live Teams (this event will be recorded) – sharing learning from the programme and working with partners to raise awareness of the issues around RPC and opportunities to intervene earlier.

See also 18th May Cambridge Public Health Showcase event: Children and Young People’s Mental Health aimed at introducing new research and innovations aimed at supporting young people’s mental health, with an impressive programme of speakers and contributors who seek to influence the nation’s approach to promoting mental health for children and adolescents.

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