Barnsley Council are working in partnership with 14 local authorities to support the new Relationship Matters project

Barnsley Council is proud to have recently joined the Relationship Matters partnership between 15 Local Authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber Region, which has been set up to help families who may be having relationship difficulties.  

As part of the new project, a website has launched to offer families information on maintaining healthy relationships and how to access further support for many different household types.  

Whether couples are together or separated, disagreements are entirely normal. But evidence shows that regular conflict has a significant impact on children.

This has been further affected due to long periods of isolation at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, where households may experience more frequent periods of tension and conflict. 

Relationship Matters can help residents recognise the impacts on children through signs such as argumentative behaviour, concerns around their parent’s relationship and anxious or low moods.

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Barnsley Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “The Relationship Matters website is an essential tool for families looking for support within their relationships. Whether you’re worried about your child’s behaviour, considering splitting up from a partner or joining a family as a step-parent, there is advice and support available to you.

“I would encourage anyone having doubts or concerns to visit the website to find how they can best support themselves and their families. Conflict in families is completely normal, however there is no shame in asking for support as help from others can be the first step in moving forward and making positive change in your lives, for both yourself and your children.” 

To find guidance around family relationships and parenting, please visit relationshipmatters.org.uk

It can be challenging to separate parental conflict and domestic abuse; Relationship Matters can support relationships that are respectful, equal, cooperative but experiencing difficulties.   

If there are concerns around controlling, coercive or violent behaviour, families should #SpeakUp against abusive relationships by contacting IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services) on 03000 110 110 or visit idas.org.uk for further information.

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