Parent  Relationships

Discover ways to improve your relationship; whether you are together, separated or considering separation. 


      All relationships have tricky moments, conflict is a normal part of any parent relationship.

      It only starts to become a problem when conflict is frequent, intense and not resolved well.

      The latest research tells us that parental conflict is harmful to children and affects their mental health, behaviour and success at     

      school.   Parental conflict can have negative effects when a child grows up on things like their adult relationships, employment and          mental wellbeing.

      We all have arguments, it's how they are solved that matters.

Parent Relationships is split into 3 parts:

  • Part 1 Exploring Parent Relationships

  • Part 2 Disagreements in Parent Relationships

  • Part 3 Improving Parent Relationships

Please use the links below to find information, videos, exercises and further reading.  If you would like help with your relationship there is a list of helpful organisations below and information on online parenting courses.  

Find out about the stages of a relationship, the importance of parent relationships and the impact on children.

Find out about causes of parental argument, what is a constructive and destructive argument and why it is important to communicate better.

Tools and tips for you on how you can communicate better.

Helpful Organisations

A list of useful online websites, resources and courses for relationship support. Including parental conflict, building good relationships with children and young people, and support for breakdown in relationships.


Family Lives

Offers support to families in all aspects of family life  that include all stages of a child’s development, issues with schools and parenting/relationship support. We also respond when life becomes more complicated and provide support around family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying, teenage risky behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and their children.

They also offer:

  • Confidential Helpline 0808 800 2222

  • Forum community

  • Live online chat

  • Parenting advice videos

  • Online parenting courses



Offers relationship support in the following areas:







  • Click is a unique service providing early intervention relationship support from a mobile-friendly platform. Individuals, couples, families and professionals can use ClickRelations to access helpful, evidence-based support from a secure, mobile-friendly space. Its many features include a professional-led listening room, moderated forums, interactive learning, goal-setting, animations, quizzes, personalised recommendations and evaluation.

  • Facebook: ClickRelationshipsUK

  • Co-Parent Hub,

  • A free online resource for separated families with information and advice on how to be good co-parents.

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Family Rights Group


  • Family Rights Group promotes policies and practices that keep children safe within their family and strengthen the family and community networks of those children who cannot live at home. 

  • Advises parents, grandparents, relatives and friends about their rights and options when social workers or courts make decisions about their children’s welfare. We work with parents whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system and with wider family members and friends who are raising children (known as kinship carers).

  • Online advice service and Free telephone advice line Tel:  0808 801 0366 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm) Textphone: If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired – please dial 18001 and then 0808 801 0366

Gottman Institute


  • A website offering a research based approach to relationships. The Gottman Institute is dedicated to combining wisdom from research and practice to support and strengthen marriages, families, and relationships.



Centre for Parent and Child Support (CPCS)

Facebook: Centre-for-Parent-and-Child-Support-CPCS


  • CPCS have created EPEC Being a Parent programme designed for parents of children 2-11 yrs with additional content for parents of infants and babies, content for parents of teenagers, parents with children affected by ASD/autism, and parents with mental health difficulties to follow.   Find related YouTube films to complement the Facebook and provide relational and interactive content intended to sustain parent coping and facilitate parenting change.