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Robust evaluation has shown that the Supporting Families programme can create positive change for families and prevent issues from escalating. Within the programme, however, approaches vary from place to place, and the evidence for some of these approaches is limited, with local areas facing challenges in evaluating their effectiveness. 

The Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) is working with partners including EIF to understand which specific approaches are most effective for which families. We are keen to hear from local Supporting Families leads and/or Early Help leads looking for evaluation support.

Based on previous evaluation and continued work with local places, three types of approaches have been identified as areas of particular interest:

  • psychologically informed keyworker practice built around an evidence-based practice model
  • joint whole-family working between Early Help practitioners and housing providers and homelessness services
  • a comprehensive package of evidence-based interventions used by keyworkers to support families with a range of needs.

If your local area has developed any of these approaches, or there is another approach within your Supporting Families programme which you have evaluated and believe to be effective, EIF would like to work with you to support evaluation and evidencing effectiveness.

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If you would like to get involved, please contact Max Stanford, Head of Early Childhood Education & Care at EIF: max.stanford@eif.org.uk

What have you learned about effective ways to reduce parental conflict and improve outcomes for children?

We are collecting examples of how local areas are introducing change, adapting their strategies and changing the way they work. Now that the national Reducing Parental Conflict Programme is underway, we are interested in telling the stories of local places who are innovating, testing and learning about how to improve outcomes for children in their area by tackling damaging conflict between parents.

A selection of practice examples will be considered for sharing via our Reducing Parental Conflict Hub and Reducing Parental Conflict Commissioner Guide.

Read the stories we've published already

Submit your practice examples via our online form

This form needs to be completed in one visit – we’ve listed the questions below, so that you can prepare before you start. If you would like a personalised link to the form, so that you can come and go as many times as you need to before submitting it, please email robyn.tulloch@eif.org.uk

You may submit details about something that you have done already, or something that you have plans in place to do.

The questions in the form ask about:

  • the problem you are trying to address
  • how you know this is a problem
  • the solution you are introducing
  • whether this solution is rooted in evidence
  • what steps are involved in implementing this solution
  • your intended results
  • how you are measuring progress against these outcomes.

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