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APPG for Supporting Couple Relationships and Reducing Inter-parental Conflict


A meeting the APPG took place in the Houses of Parliament on 21st March 2017 on the topic of children's mental health in relation to the forthcoming green paper. 

Presentations were made by:

  • Dr Jane Callaghan (Professor, Psychology, University of Northampton) and Dr Lisa Fellin (Senior lecturer in Clinical Practice, Psychopathology and Mental Health, University of East London)
  • Professor Nick Pearce (Professor of Public Policy, Bath University, and former Chair of No.10 Policy Unit)


The All Party Parliamentary Group for Supporting Couple Relationships and Reducing Inter-parental Conflict aims to promote and develop marriage and relationship skills and support, identifying best practice within the UK and internationally, to help reduce inter-parental conflict as well as family breakdown, and support both adult and child mental health and well-being.

The group's officers are as follows:

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The AGM took place on 5th September, at which Andrew Selous and Fiona Bruce were appointed co-chairs of the group. The name of the group was changed slightly to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Strengthening Couple Relationships and Reducing Inter-parental Conflict.

Date for future meetings of the APPG will appear here in due course. 

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November 2014 - On relationship education for adults, young people and children 

A meeting of the APPG on the subject of relationship education for adults, young people and children took place on 4th November 2014.

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A meeting of the APPG took place on 25th June in Room C, 1 Parliament Street, on the subject of couple relationships, poverty and social justice. Presentations were given John Ashcroft (Research Director, Relationships Foundation), Kayte Lawton (Senior Research Fellow, IPPR) and by David Holmes (Chief Executive, Family Action). 

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A three-way meeting between the APPGs for Strengthening Couple Relationships, Sure Start Children's Centres and Conception to Age 2 - The First 1001 Days took place on 11th March. Jointly-chaired by Andrew Selous MP and Andrea Leadsom MP, the meeting focused on the role of children’s centres in supporting couple relationships, as well as couple relationships in the early years generally.

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While the prevalence of mental health problems in the UK is increasingly acknowledged, the role which relationship difficulties can play is under-acknowledged. And yet, according to a study of 5,000 adults published recently (Teo, 2013), lack of support – especially in couple relationships – is a risk factor for developing depression later, with one in seven adults with the lowest-quality relationships developing depression. In order to address this issue, this meeting of the APPG looked at the links between couple relationship quality and mental health (and, in particular, depression). 

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