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Intervention offering relationship-focused group work for parents recognised by the Children & Young People Now Awards

The Parents as Partners programme, a group-based approach to strengthening parental couple relationships and  family life, was named the 'Best Family Support Intervention' at the Children & Young People Now awards ceremony last night at the Lancaster Hotel, London.

The award recognised the work of Tavistock Relationships’ DWP-funded programme to parents which has reached over 600 parents across multiple sites in London, Manchester, Stockport, Croydon, Gateshead and Swansea.

The programme, which originated in the US, developed by Professors Phil and Carolyn Cowan along with their colleagues Professors Marsha Kline Pruett and Kyle Pruett, is inspired by research that shows parental relationships and the way couples communicate have a major impact on effective parenting and the wellbeing of children. Evaluation of the Parents as Partners programme by Tavistock Relationships, published this year in the journal Family Process, has shown it to be effective across a number of domains.  Results of delivery so far have produced significant:

  • improvement in the quality of the parents' relationship with each other
  • reduction in conflict between the parents (including disagreements about money, the children, time spent together), with the greatest improvements in poor quality, high conflict relationships;
  • reduction in violent problem-solving between the parents;
  • improvement in psychological wellbeing;
  • reduction in children’s emotional and behavioural difficulties

Members of the team were received the award in person at the event.  Tavistock Relationships’ Parents as Partners programme was the overall winner in the category of Family Support interventions, with the NSPCC’s Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together programme being highly commended. The Parents as Partners Programme leader, Lucy Draper said:

“It’s fantastic to see the years of work we have put in recognised in this way, and we are very grateful to receive this award.  Of course, what has sustained our work over the years is the pleasure of seeing the changes we make to the lives of parents and families. As group workers. we witness the often challenging journey so many parents make from the initial step of seeking support to the point of leaving the group, with new tools and ways of thinking about their relationships. The difference that parents tell us it has made, to their relationship with each other and with their children, is the greatest reward for our team.”


The results of the Children & Young People Now Awards can be seen here, https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2004529/cyp-now-2017-award-winners-revealed-on-night-of-celebration

About Tavistock Relationships

Established in 1948, Tavistock Relationships is a registered charity internationally renowned for delivering and developing advanced practice, training and research in therapeutic and psycho-educational approaches to support couples.

Working from two London bases (Warren Street and New Street) as well as operating a nationally available online service, Tavistock Relationships has over 100 professionals providing an effective and highly-regarded form of couples’ counselling and psychotherapy.

Last year, Tavistock Relationships held nearly 17,500 therapy sessions, helping thousands of people with their relationships. The charity received very positive feedback, with more than 93% of its clients saying they would certainly rate the organisation’s services as good. and would recommend it’s services.

For more press information contact:

John Fenna, Head of Marketing & Communications

T: 020 7380 1974 E: jfenna@TavistockRelationships.org 

Paula Scott, PR consultant T: 07932 740221

E: paula@limegreencommunications.co.uk

Debbie Walker, PR Consultant T: 077486 40577

E: walker.debbie@sky.com

Winner: Tavistock Relationships - Parents as Partners

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