£4m has been released for councils to support more families to resolve parental conflict.
Councils can apply to the Department for Work and Pensions for funding to train frontline staff who regularly come into contact with families facing conflict, so they can intervene at the right time to reduce friction between parents and help shield their children.
The programme is designed to resolve parental conflict, not domestic abuse. Those in abusive relationships will instead be referred to specialist support.
Since 2017, the department has worked with nearly 150 councils to help them develop strategies for approaching conflict below the domestic abuse threshold. This includes investigating the issue of frequent, intense and poorly resolved conflict between parents and how it impacts children’s wellbeing.