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The relationship resource library

Key resources curated by OnePlusOne with input from Relate, Marriage Care and the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR).

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All resources found in the Relationships Alliance KnowledgeBank are curated by OnePlusOne on behalf of the Relationships Alliance. Each goes through a rigorous quality assurance process to ensure that it meets the highest standards. More information can be found on the About page.

The Relationships Alliance

The Relationships Alliance is made up of the UK’s top relationships organisations; Relate, OnePlusOne, TCCR and Marriage Care. Our work focuses on the full spectrum of relationship support – working at the personal, social and political level. Our work is focused on both personal and social relationships.

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  1. Relationship Distress Monitor: Estimating levels of adult couple relationship distress across the UK

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    Good quality, couple, family and social relationships are the basis of a thriving society – they are central to our health and wellbeing, and poor quality relationships have far-reaching consequences. Inter-parental relationships have also been recognised in research as well as government policy as a major determinant of children’s life chances.

     

    However, Relate’s analysis estimates that almost one-in-five (18%) people (2.87 million people) in adult couple relationships in the UK are in relationships which could be characterised as ‘distressed’. (A ‘distressed’ relationship is one with a severe level of relationship problems, which has a clinically significant negative impact on partner’s wellbeing. Those in ‘distressed’ relationships report regularly considering separation/divorce, quarrelling, regretting being in their relationship, being unhappy in their relationship, for example. Research shows clear links between relationship distress and depression, anxiety, increased blood pressure and heightened risk of heart attacks. Relationships are characterised as ‘distressed’ using a brief version of a scientifically validated scale for measuring relationship quality.)

     

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    Relate now urge policy makers to heed this disquieting evidence and take action to support good quality relationships and how they can be strengthened.

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    • Policy
    • Relationship quality
    • Relationship transitions
    • Separated/ separating parents

  2. Unlocking Potential: A review of education in prison

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    A comprehensive plan to transform the standard of education in prisons across England and Wales and help prisoners get the skills and knowledge they need to turn away from crime has been unveiled by Dame Sally Coates.

     

    This publication is a wide-ranging and independent review into prison education by Dame Sally – an acclaimed former head teacher with over 30 years’ experience of taking decisive action to improve schools’ performance.

     

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    Evidence shows education and employment are critical in reducing reoffending and therefore cutting crime – yet just 1 in 4 prisoners enters employment on release from prison, compared with the current UK employment rate of 74.1 per cent. In addition, just 1 in 6 (16%) leave prison with an education or training placement.

    In principle the Ministry of Justice has accepted all Dame Sally’s recommendations. Implementation plans will now be drawn up. The recommendations include:

    – Giving governors complete control of their education budgets and the freedom to tailor a curriculum according to the needs of their prisoners – ensuring prisoners are provided with the education opportunities and qualifications that will actually help them secure a meaningful and worthwhile job on release;
    – Creating tailored Personal Learning Plans for each prisoner on their arrival in prison
    – That there be no barriers to funding family and relationship-strengthening approaches as part of a broad education offer;
    – Giving prison governors greater discretion over prisoner access to ICT and digital technology to facilitate learning – making greater use of technology will significantly improve the quality, quantity and range of education given to prisoners, while keeping important safeguards in place.

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    • Policy
    • Sex and relationships education

  3. Counting the Cost of Family Failure – 2016 Update

    Description:

    The 2016 update of the Relationships Foundation’s “Cost of Family Failure Index” shows that the cost of family breakdown to the taxpayer has increased again – to £48 billion, costing each taxpayer around £1,820 a year. While we are now beginning to see the impact of cuts in spending on the figures, taxpayers continue to shoulder a huge, and still growing, financial burden when families fail.

     

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    The Relationships Foundation argue that only when this cost is taken seriously will people recognise how important relationships are to general wellbeing and happiness. Family breakdown reduces health, wealth and wellbeing – the three things in which people are most interested. Reduced health, wealth and wellbeing all put pressure on relationships, thus reinforcing and perpetuating the vicious circle of breakdown. Economic cost must be viewed in the much broader personal and social context of those experiencing family failure, especially when there are children involved. 

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    • Financial stresses
    • Policy
    • Separated/ separating parents

  4. All Together Now

    Description:

    In this report, Relate present an evidence-based, wide-ranging vision for support for good quality relationships for a vision of society in 2025, which identifies current challenges as well as potential opportunities. Key recommendations for policy makers are made for changes to both local and national government policy.

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    • Fatherhood/ motherhood
    • Policy
    • Relationship quality and wellbeing
    • Relationship support