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Causes of Parental Conflict and Links to Support

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What can cause Parental Conflict?

There are many reasons why conflict can arise within a relationship: some are listed below:

Parenting styles

We have all been brought up differently, our own childhood experiences and how we were parented will inevitably influence how we parent our own children.  Differences in parenting and the influence from wider family members and their views on how to raise children can cause conflict.

Having siblings that argue or fight, dealing with teenagers, juggling work with raising children can be very stressful.  Children learn from adults about how to behave and interact and how to manage disagreements positively, so how we respond can really affect their behaviour and understanding of positive relationships.

The Family Links website provides a range of resources you can access and download, as well as some great top tips to try at home together!

Having a new baby

Whilst this is an exciting time for families, it can also bring about huge changes to family life.  A new addition can mean big changes to routines, work, lifestyle, income, friendships, social life ….. it goes on.   The NHS website have guides for families with new additions that provide tips and tricks for navigating this time.

Financial Concerns

Life for many at the moment is extremely challenging, continual increases in the cost of living is putting a huge strain on families.  Increases in debt or overspending can make life tough, a job loss, a loss of working hours and pay could all add to the worry.  As a result, families can face real pressure to meet basic needs or pay the rent or bills.

The Citizen’s Advice website has advice and guidance on financial matters.


Housing can be a really worry for many families, overcrowding , poor living conditions or being able to gain a secure home can cause real worry and stress.  Housing options | Information to help you find the right solution | Devon County Council for information and advice.

Health Difficulties

A family member with a long term or life limiting illnesses, poor mental health or a diagnosis of a new illness can place considerable worry and anxiety on a family.  The stress this can place on a relationship can be overwhelming.

Mind is a useful website with information and support.

Substance or Alcohol Misuse

Having a family member dependant on something can greatly affect family life, it can effect interactions, communication, the family income and can place an enormous amount of stress on a relationship.

If you would like to access support please use the link below.

There is also a range of support services if you are concerned about a family member and would like to seek further advice:

NHS Live Well – Advice for the families of drug users

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For more information please contact the Parental Relationship Co-ordinator: Lorraine Rowlands on 07890 959675  or email at

If you are worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person in Devon,
please complete the request for support online form.


If you think that the child is at risk of significant harm,
contact our Front Door directly by calling 0345 155 1071.


In an emergency call 999.