There is strong evidence that conflict between parents – whether together or separated – can have a significant negative impact on children’s mental health and long-term lifechances. Not all conflict is damaging, but where this is frequent, intense and poorly
resolved it can harm children’s outcomes. Addressing couple conflict and the quality of parental relationships is a critical component of improving outcomes for children. Parenting interventions for families without addressing parental conflict are unlikely
to be effective or improve outcomes for children.