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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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This site will allow you to narrow down the resources you are looking for by using search and filtering tools. You can then sort by latest, popular or list as A to Z. You are also able to narrow down the types of resources shown, including overviews for introductory discussions.

How we select resources

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. Counting the Cost of Family Failure – 2016 Update


    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. 

    • Financial stresses
    • Policy
    • Separated/ separating parents

  2. All Together Now


    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.

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

  3. Modern Families Index 2016


    The Modern Families Index, produced in collaboration by Working Families and Bright Horizons, focuses on how families combine work and family life and how successfully parents feel they are combining family and work in the way that they want to.



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    Each parent working full time is becoming more common – families may not be able to get by without two full-time incomes – and work has, for so many, intensified greatly. This comes at a cost, and that cost is all too often family time, which parents identify as their highest priority.  But for so many working parents, family time is squeezed as work takes over.

    This year’s Index tells us that despite the work-life balance policies now well established in many workplaces, and the Right to Request flexible working available to all employees, for this kind of flexibility to become a reality for all working parents in today’s workplaces a culture shift is required.

    • Financial stresses
    • Work-life balance

  4. Heads or tails? What young people are telling us about SRE.


    The Sex Education Forum ran an online survey for 6 weeks, from 2 November 2015 to 10 December 2015. The aim was to find out if young people have learnt about their body, sexual development and consent at school and whether or not their school SRE met their needs in this area. Questions were also included about discussions young people may have had at home. None of the questions were about a young person’s personal experience of relationships or sex.  The survey was open to young people aged 11–25. 69% of responses were from young people aged 13–18 years old.

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    Half (50%) of those surveyed had not learnt from their primary school about how to get help if you experience unwanted touching or sexual abuse, 16% had not learnt the correct names for genitalia and even more (17%) had not leant that the genitals are private to you, all key to recognising and reporting abuse. Young people were more likely to have learnt about the difference between safe and unwanted touch from discussions at home than at school, but even so, less than half of young people (45%) said they had learnt about this with a parent or carer.
    When asked about their school SRE as a whole:
    • Over half of young people (53%) had not been taught to spot the signs of when someone is being groomed for sexual exploitation.
    • More than 4 in ten had not learnt about how to tell when a relationship is healthy (46%) or abusive (44%).
    • Worryingly, given that sexual assault is something that a significant minority of young people experience (1), lessons about sexual consent are not routinely covered in schools.
    • Half (50%) of young people had not discussed real-life scenarios about sexual consent.
    • A third (34%) had been taught nothing at all about sexual consent.
    • Only a quarter (24%) of young people said they learnt about FGM, but the figure increased to 4 in ten (40%) amongst 11-13 year olds, suggesting things are starting to change.
    Overall, despite signs that SRE is slowly improving, just 10% of those surveyed said the SRE they received was ‘very good’, and more than 1 in 5 (22%) said it was ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’, indicating that young people themselves are dissatisfied.

    • Promoting health & wellbeing
    • Relationship stages & changes
    • Sex and relationships education