In our recent What Works review published in March 2016, we identified the inter‐
parental relationship (IPR)2 as having a primary influence on children’s life chances. In
particular, frequent, intense and unresolved inter‐parental conflict was highlighted as
a key factor affecting children’s long‐term health and wellbeing while also adversely
affecting wider aspects of family functioning including parenting quality.
Our aim for this review was to establish how much had already been done to map the
nature and extent of relationship support provision in the UK, by conducting a rapid
evidence assessment of the available literature. Particular attention was paid to:
the types of relationship support services available in the UK
the profile of providers and service users
barriers to the implementation of support.
Our review had a particular focus on families in or at risk or poverty, as well as the
extent to which current provision focuses on child outcomes