Complete our survey: Do parents’ relationships matter for children?

EIF recently published a review of the impact of inter-parental relationships on outcomes for children.

Alongside this we are running a survey to understand whether inter-parental relationships are an issue which affects children’s outcomes and are considered or prioritised in services for families.

“Inter-parental relationships” refers to the quality of the inter-parental relationship regardless of whether the parents are together or separated.

This survey is intended for local authorities and other professionals working with children and families.

We would be very grateful if you could s pare a couple of minutes to complete the questions below.

This information will be reported anonymously, and publicised alongside our forthcoming report.

1.  Can you tell us your job title and who you work for?


2. In which area are you based?


3. How important do you think the quality of the inter-parental relationship is to children’s outcomes (regardless of whether parents live together or apart)?


4. To what degree do you think childrens' mental health is impacted by the quality of the inter-parental relationship?


5. To what degree do you think childrens' physical health is impacted by the quality of the inter-parental relationship?


6. To what degree do you think childrens' school attainment is impacted by the quality of the inter-parental relationship?


7. To what degree do you think childrens' behaviour is impacted by the quality of the inter-parental relationship?


8. How much of a priority should supporting the inter-parental relationship be for local early intervention services?


9. How much of a priority would you say supporting the inter-parental relationship is in your local area?


10. Is support for inter-parental relationships currently included in the Health and Wellbeing Strategy in your area?


11. Is support for inter-parental relationships currently included in the Early Intervention or Early Help Strategy in your area?


12. Is support for inter-parental relationships currently included in midwifery & health visiting services and strategies in your area?


13. Is support for inter-parental relationships currently included in services provided by Children’s Centres in your area?


14. Is support for inter-parental relationships currently included in adult mental health services and strategies in your area?


15. Is support for inter-parental relationships currently included in services for Troubled Families in your area?


16. Is support for inter-parental relationships currently included in the Parenting support services/programmes and strategies in your area?


17. Is support for inter-parental relationships currently included in the Children’s and Family Workforce development plans in your area?


18. Is support for inter-parental relationships currently included in the Family Information Service in your area?


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What Works to Enhance Inter-Parental Relationships and Improve Outcomes for Children?

EIF have collaborated with Professor Gordon Harold, an expert in child development and the role of the family and his team at the University of Sussex to explore ‘What works to enhance inter-parental relationships and improve outcomes for children’.

The work was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions to inform the forthcoming government life chances strategy. The review summarises the latest evidence on the links between the inter-parental relationship, positive versus negative parenting practices and long-term outcomes for children.