Free support is available for Brent parents experiencing relationship and parenting problems.


Many parents are struggling to cope with a full house, isolation, money and job security worries, and continued anxiety surrounding the pandemic.

Thanks to funding from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), Tavistock Relationships is delivering a free ‘Building Relationships for Stronger Families’ programme to support parents in seven London boroughs, including Brent.

Currently provided online, ‘Building Relationships for Stronger Families’ offers help to couples with children, whether living together or apart, divorced or separated, who are experiencing relationship and parenting problems.

Sarah Ingram, head of the ‘Building Relationships for Stronger Families’ programme for Tavistock Relationships, explains:

“We have already been able to support 82 families in Brent, and we’d like to be able to help more parents who are struggling to cope with the pressures of parenting and the pandemic. Stress can lead to tensions frequently boiling over, and lockdown has increased conflict between parents – both together and separated.

“Research shows us that sustained conflict between parents can have a negative effect on children’s development in terms of mental and physical health. They can experience problems at school, sleep difficulties and problems with the relationships they make themselves as they grow up.

“We are keen to reach out to parents to let them know that help is available – and at no cost to them. We are here to support parents feeling under extra pressure, both as a parent and within their relationship, whether together or separated.

“We can help parents experiencing rows and arguments that get stuck or become out of control, which they cannot sort out by themselves.

“Building Relationships for Stronger Families is a free and flexible support service for parents, providing one-to-one or group professional advice sessions to parents. These sessions enable parents to find ways to manage stresses and disagreements, exploring patterns of behaviour, as well as tools and techniques to improve parenting skills and help their family succeed.

“Our trained therapists are able to work remotely and flexibly with Brent based parents, at a time to suit them, whether it’s in the evening or in the daytime.”

A Brent based parent who has taken part in the ‘Building Relationships for Stronger Families’ programme, said: “The thing I liked best about the course was that the communication between the two of us has improved.”

Couples and families can apply for free support direct at or by calling 020 7380 6099.


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Notes to Editors

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 supporting couples. Tavistock Relationships has 120 professionals providing an effective and highly-regarded form of couples’ counselling and psychotherapy.

Funded by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), Tavistock Relationships’ ‘Building Relationships for Stronger Families’ programme, is free to parents in the London boroughs of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham, Croydon, Brent and Lambeth. Also funded by the DWP, the similar ‘Parenting Together’ programme is free to families in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Southend, Thurrock and Essex