Utilising Adoption-Based Research Designs to Examine the Interplay Between Family Relationship Processes and Child Developmental Outcomes

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sussex
Department Name: Sch of Psychology

Abstract

Understanding how parents and caregivers positively and negatively affect children's mental health and development, how specific features of children's mental health problems may affect parents and caregivers and the rearing environments that they then provide for children, are questions of significant importance if effective polices and supports are to be provided that promote positive developmental outcomes for children in the context of contemporary family life. While past research has linked conflicted inter-parental relationships, hostile parenting behavior, and negative parent mental health symptoms (e.g. anti-social behaviour, depression) to elevated symptoms of mental health problems for children (e.g. anxiety, depression, conduct problems, ADHD), questions remain as to whether everyday family environmental experiences (versus underlying genetic factors) really matter in relation to children's emotional and behavioural development. In particular, as nearly all research in this area has been conducted with biologically related parents and children, what are the possible mechanisms through which parent and family factors affect children's psychological development? Studies of only biological families pose a problem in interpreting the relative importance of the environments children experience as a possible influence on their psychological health and well-being because biologically related parents and children share genes, which may explain the presence of such associations. By employing a complement of novel adoption-based research designs (US based adoption-at-birth study; UK IVF study), the proposed project will significantly advance knowledge in this area by examining the interplay between specific family and parent level variables and child mental health symptoms, and vice versa, among genetically related and genetically unrelated mother-child and father-child groupings, across two samples of parents and children in the US and the UK (child age 4-10 years). Uniquely, the study will advance understanding in three primary areas. First, by utilising two samples of parents and children genetically unrelated to each other, we are in a position to examine pathways and processes that underlie children's adaptation to negative family environments and parent mental health problems that are not confounded by shared genetic factors; and importantly, we can identify factors that influence whether an individual child is likely to be resilient (or not) to adverse environments the child might be exposed to. This can directly inform intervention efforts. Second, we are in a position to advance understanding of the relative role of the mother-child and father-child relationships on child mental health. This is a distinctly under-represented realm of research, yet very recent work suggests that the father-child relationship might be particularly susceptible to inter-parental conflict (an association that may have significant practical implications in the contexts of parental separation/remarriage, for example). Third, we will be able to uniquely address a question of fundamental importance in relation to the interplay between parents and children in the context of modern family life; under what conditions is parent behaviour most likely to influence child behaviour, relative to the potential for child characteristics and behaviour to influence parenting behaviour? This question has substantial implications for understanding when and under what conditions particular intervention and support targets may be engaged to promote positive developmental outcomes for children, parents and families. By employing the complement of studies proposed in the present project, we will be able to advance insight into these questions beyond that presently available through any other resource in the UK.

Planned Impact

The proposed project will offer benefits in the short and long-term to academic, child and family policy, practitioner, and advocacy agencies, as well as parents, caregivers and children across multiple family types of increasing proportional representation in the UK and internationally (e.g. adoption, foster-care, assisted reproduction, stepparent households). As outlined in the study objectives, the proposed project will address three primary gaps in past research (1) how family and parent level influences affect children's psychological outcomes among genetically related and genetically unrelated parents and children, (2) the relative role that mothers and fathers play in explaining family relationship influences on children, again across genetically related and genetically unrelated parent-child configurations, and (3) the conditions through which family and parent-level variables influence child symptoms of psychopathology, relative to the role that child symptoms of psychopathology and related characteristics may influence family interaction patterns and parenting behaviour in particular. While each of these questions retains relevance to biologically related parents and children (as has been the predominant focus of past research in this area), the present study offers unique opportunity to address these questions among children and parents who are not genetically related to each other, thereby providing much needed information in promoting understanding of what helps and what hurts children (and parents) in the contexts of adoption, foster care, assisted reproduction, as well as the contexts of parental separation and remarriage. A partnership has been established with the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) which will directly facilitate impacts to practice, intervention/prevention and support delivery programmes targeting families and children in the context of adoption and fostering. Existing links with family court and support services (e.g. Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in Wales, CAFCASS Cymru), family mediation services, international adoption, fostering and family research groups (Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice, University of Sussex; Rudd Programme for Adoption, Center for Research on Families, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Prevention Science Institute, Oregon; UK IVF centres/clinics, and extended user groups facilitated by the academic and non-academic research team), will generate impacts of benefit to children, parents and families in the UK and internationally, as represented by core study objectives and proposed pathways to impact.

Publications

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Sellers R (2015) A new genetically informative approach to the study of child psychopathology in Theoretical and Experimental Psychology

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Laurent HK (2016) Understanding the unfolding of stress regulation in infants. in Development and psychopathology

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Leve LD (2018) Naturalistic Experimental Designs as Tools for Understanding the Role of Genes and the Environment in Prevention Research. in Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research

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Harold GT (2018) Annual Research Review: Interparental conflict and youth psychopathology: an evidence review and practice focused update. in Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines

 
Description We examined how family processes (e.g. inter-parental conflict, parent-child relationships, parent mental health) affected child mental health outcomes (including anxiety, depression, conduct problems, ADHD, peer relationships and other domains of developmental psychopathology). Using unique and novel research designs, findings affirm the importance of family relationships influences on child mental health, whether or not children are genetically related to their rearing parents. This research significantly advances knowledge regarding child development and has substantial implications for interventions aimed at promoting child and adolescent mental health.
Exploitation Route These findings highlight the importance of family process influences in promoting positive child mental health. As the project employs samples that are not genetically related, findings cannot be accounted for by common genes (genetic factors passed on from biologically related parents to their children) and provides evidence for environmental processes (interparental, parenting) that may be suitable targets for intervention and prevention strategies. Findings also suggest that child behaviors can impact on parents suggesting that providing parents with support and intervention/prevention strategies may be useful, particularly where children demonstrate specific early behavior problems. Findings have informed major UK Government policy investments and have facilitated several high-impact academic review papers specific to the focus of the funded research.
Sectors Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Other

URL http://www.sussex.ac.uk/adoption/publications
 
Description Substantive UK government reports and policy investments have been promoted by this research. Based on multiple research publications facilitated by this research, a report was commissioned by the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP): Harold, G. T., Acquah, D., Chowdry, H., Sellers, R. (2016) What works to enhance inter-parental relationships and improve outcomes for children. Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Ref: ISBN 978-1-78425-719-4, Ad hoc research report 32. Based on research reviewed in this report, a major policy announcement was commissioned by the Departmenrt for Work and Pensions (DWP; Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families, April, 2017), committing £30 million (with an additional £12 million committed in December 2017), to address the effects of inter-parental conflict on the mental health impacts of children and adolescents, substantively underpinned by research reported through this award. This policy investment was also in part based on use of two major ESRC longitudinal studies, Understanding Sociey (US) and the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). Data from these studies were employed to examine specific UK relevant questions focusing on family process (e.g. inter-parental, parenting, adult mental health, economic disadvantage) influences on child and adolescent mental health and related outcomes (e.g. academic attainment). Through this ESRC award, international and UK evidence were aligned to provide a robust evidence-based platform to facilitate direct Government policy decision making and investment. Further evidence of this policy investment and related next steps was announced in the new publication Areas of Research Interest (ARI) published by the DWP on Jan 26th 2017 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-areas-of-research-interest). Ongoing engagement with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has taken place throughout the present reporting period. A designated Parental Conflict Programme Team has been established within the DWP to implement early assessment and intervention supports for parents and children experiencing worklessness or economic stress. This programme was launched April 1st 2019 and is a direct product of this ESRC funded programme of research. Ongoing impacts specific to this research project continue, with cross-Government department initiatives under discussion linked to the DWP's Reducing Parental Conflict (RPC) programme sourced from this research project and key findings.
Sector Government, Democracy and Justice,Other
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description 5Rights - Internet Safety Consultation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description CAFCASS Cymru - Welsh Governement Family Court
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Provided training to the Welsh Government Family Court.
 
Description Contributed to the development of UK governemt policy document (Helping Workless Families)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact The evidence resource (see relevant policy impact sections) accompanies this specified policy document (Helping Workless Families) and has led to government announcements on the importance of investing in inter-parental relationship support regardless of whether parents are living together or not to help remediate risks for children. This represents a fundamental shift in policy which has previously focused on marital status. This has led to on-going discussions with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to assist in appropriate recognition of adults with high levels of inter-parental conflict - this involves training the workforce in understanding the implementation of standardized assessments, as well as understanding the importance of inter-parental conflict for youth mental health .
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/621365/improving-lives-hel...
 
Description Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Department of Work and Pensions - Areas of Reserach Interest (ARI)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Ongoing engagement with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has taken place throughout the present reporting period. A designated Parental Conflict Programme Team has been established within the DWP to implement early assessment and intervention supports for parents and children experiencing worklessness or economic stress. This programme will be launched April 1st 2019 and is a direct product of this ESRC funded programme of research.
 
Description Developed an evidence resource for Department for Work and Pensions
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact The evidence resource accompanies a policy document (Helping Workless Families) and has led to government announcements on the importance of investing in inter-parental relationship support regardless of whether parents are living together or not to help remediate risks for children. This represents a fundamental shift in policy which has previously focused on marital status. This has led to on-going discussions with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to assist in appropriate recognition of adults with high levels of inter-parental conflict.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/621365/improving-lives-hel...
 
Description Discussion with policy makers and practitioners (London) about impact of inter-parental relationships on child outcomes
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Discussion outlining the importance of the inter-parental relationship for child mental health outcomes. Scientific evidence of international interventions were outlined to show how different interventions that target the inter-parental relationship can be effective for different groups of people or at different stages in development (e.g. transition to parenthood) to reduce inter-parental conflict and improve mental health outcomes for children. This led to on-going discussions with policy advisors from both the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Department of Health to examine how these findings can inform government policy.
 
Description Edinburgh University Network Event
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact The aim was to discuss intersections of violence in childhood, learning outcomes and educational practices to help develop a new conceptual model. The working group discussed key research areas that would be relevant to a new conceptual model. Some members of the group were organising travel to a range of different countries e.g. war torn countries and areas where domestic abuse is common to conduct focus groups.
 
Description Government Internal working document: Reducing Societal Costs of Inter-Parental Conflict: Introducing a Cascade Model to Estimate Cumulative Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Government Internal working document: Reducing Societal Costs of Inter-Parental Conflict: Introducing a Cascade Model to Estimate Cumulative Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA): see publications section
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Inter-Parental Conflict Team within the Department of work and Pensions (DWP)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Ongoing engagement with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has taken place throughout the present reporting period. A designated Parental Conflict Programme Team has been established within the DWP to implement early assessment and intervention supports for parents and children experiencing worklessness or economic stress. This programme will be launched April 1st 2019 and is a direct product of this ESRC funded programme of research.
 
Description Inter-parental conflict and outcomes for children in the contexts of poverty and economic stress: Implications aimed at improving outcomes for children
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Inter-parental conflict and outcomes for children in the contexts of poverty and economic stress: Implications aimed at improving outcomes for children (see publications section)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Meeting with Caroline Mokes MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Work and Pensions.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Meeting to discuss the forthcoming green paper which members of the Rudd Centre have been involved with.
 
Description Mental Health and Wellbeing in Nottingham: Working together to make a difference. Keynote for Masterclass
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This event was a series of Awareness Raising and Skills Development sessions over a week period open to everyone who works within the Children's and Vulnerable Adults Workforce in the City of Nottingham. This masterclass explored new evidence focused on the relationship between couples, rather than their ability to parent, and how this impacts on child outcomes and child and adolescent mental health. The session also explored how to implement theory into practical improvement in practice that improves outcomes for children and families. Session Objectives: •Understanding new evidence on couple conflict and the relationship to child outcomes •To review evidence based parenting programmes and the impact on improving child outcomes and couple relationships •To be able to implement theory into improved practice and improved outcomes
 
Description NSPCC Roundtable on Mental Health Support for Abused and Neglected Children, Conservative Party Conference October 2016
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Parenting Support Open Policy Debate
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Presentation to All Party Parlimentary Group (House of Commons, Westminster, London)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Purpose of presentation was to provide information regarding the impact of family relationships on children's mental health. This meeting provided a platform for research findings to be recognized by policy makers and allow further discussions with the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Department for Health. Additional impacts include commissioning reports for the secretary of state at the Department for Work and Pensions.
 
Description Research Report - WHAT WORKS TO ENHANCE INTER-PARENTAL RELATIONSHIPS AND IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This review summarises state-of-the-art research evidence examining links between the inter-parental relationship, positive versus negative parenting practices, and long-term outcomes for children. It finds that the quality of the couple relationship serves as a substantive influence both on the quality of parenting that children experience and on their long-term mental health and future life chances. While everyday conflict between couples and parents is common in families, parents who engage in frequent, intense, and poorly resolved conflict put their children's mental health and long-term life chances at risk. The case is made that by prioritising and investing in couple relationship support and intervention at key stages in children's lives, improved parenting and child outcomes will be promoted. This will lead to more sustainable outcomes for the present generation of children and the next generation of parents and families in the areas of education, health, employment, family stability, and the overall welfare of society, for example reduced anti-social behaviour, mental health, and related impacts. This review has impacted on policy changes by recognising the importance of inter-parental relationship on child mental health. This has now re-directed policy focus within the Department of Work and Pensions. This has led to subsequent reports on this issue in the context of poverty which will be included in a forthcoming green paper by the present Government.
 
Description Visit to Mental Health Leaders Collaborative
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Presentation on the interplay between family processes and child mental health. The purpose of the discussion was to highlight resilience processes that have implications for policy and practice.
 
Description Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact A forum to discuss the next steps for children in care - regionalising adoption, improving outcomes and new standards for children's homes. the future for adoption, fostering and special guardianship - improving the adoption process, reducing delay and providing better support for families.
 
Description Young People's Mental Health in Europe
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This international symposium provided an opportunity to evaluate the current state of mental health policies for young people at EU level and to discover best practices in the field of prevention and early intervention. It addressed innovative approaches to support young people's mental health in both family and school settings, while also focusing on the action of health services in the promotion of mental well-being. This symposium also addressed the role of new technologies and social media as a double-edged instrument in the hands of children and young adolescents.
 
Description Developing an Integrated and Interdisciplinary Practice-Based Training Model aimed at Improving Mental Health Outcomes for Children, Parents and Families
Amount £1,578,000 (GBP)
Organisation Rudd Family Foundation 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2022
 
Description ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship
Amount £135,992 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2019
 
Description The Nurture Network: Promoting Young People's Mental Health in a Digital World
Amount £1,020,390 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/S004467/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 08/2022
 
Description Access to Christchurch Health and Developement Study 
Organisation University of Otago
Country New Zealand 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have conducted analysis that has been published and conducted additional analysis that is ongoing.
Collaborator Contribution Provided access to the data and contributed to scientific papers for publication.
Impact Data analysis and preparation for publication is ongoing during the life of this grant. Therefore it is too early to report outputs specific to this grant. Previous publications include Badiani. A., et al 2015. Tobacco smoking and cannabis use in longitudinal birth cohort: evidence of reciprocal causal relationships. Collaboration as part of the Fellowship (as outlined in the further funding section) to provide data access and statistical training.
Start Year 2007
 
Description Cardiff data collaboration 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC)
Department MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Post doctoral researcher attends regular meetings at Cardiff University to contribute to scientific discussions. Members of the research team have contributed to research papers.
Collaborator Contribution Part of the collaboration is to access data.
Impact Relevant papers have been included in the publication section. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary spanning developmental psychology, psychiatry and genetics. The Fellowship (already reported in further funding section) is in collaboration with researchers at Cardiff University.
 
Description Oregon data collaboration 
Organisation University of Oregon
Department Oregon Social Learning Centre
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Lead researcher for adoption data set.
Collaborator Contribution Providing data access and contributing to writing papers for publication.
Impact Relevant publications reported in other areas of the form. The Fellowship (already reported in further funding section of the form) is in collaboration with Oregon University.
 
Description The Russian Twin Registry 
Organisation Tomsk Polytechnic University
Country Russian Federation 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Researchers have visited Tomsk State University to deliver training. Assisted in setting up questionnaires for new cohort and data set.
Collaborator Contribution Provided bursaries for students to attend training at the University. Data access to the Twin Registry.
Impact Written a scientific paper (currently being translated into Russian) for publication. New data set currently being set up so too early to indicate additional outputs. This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between Psychology, Education and Social Work.
Start Year 2013
 
Description "The Future of Adoption: Beyond Safety to Well-Being" 2018 Rudd Adoption Conference USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Family Relationship Processes and Youth Mental Health in the Contexts of Adoption and Foster-Care: Revisiting the Developmental Interface Between Nature and Nurture
Up to 500 people attended this international conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.umass.edu/ruddchair/2018-rudd-adoption-conference
 
Description 'Real Parents' Weekly parenting radio show CJAD 800 Radio Station Montreal, Canada 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Discussion about the research on inter parental conflict and the effect this has on the children
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 1st International Confernece on Mental Health and Wellbeing of Postgraduate Researchers. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote speaker to postgraduate students and practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Andrew and Virgina Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on Supporting Parents, Families and Children: An Intergenerational Perspective
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Annual Adoption Lecture 2018, Cardiff University, Cardiff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Annual Adoption Lecture 2018. Family Relationship Processes and Youth Mental Health in the Contexts of Adoption and Foster-Care: Revisiting the Developmental Interface Between Nature and Nurture. The salience of family relationship influences (inter-parental/carer relationship quality, parent/carer-child relationship quality) for youth mental health and development is well recognised and has a long and established research and intervention-study history. However, understanding the relative role of genetic (nature) versus family relationship influences (nurture) on child and adolescent development has significant implications for the design of efficacious intervention and support programmes aimed at vulnerable youth and families, including adoption and foster-care. This presentation examined the role of family relationship processes (inter-parental/carer, parent/carer-child) and outcomes for youth (emotional, behavioural, academic) using an array of novel research designs that allowed us to disentangle nature from nurture in examining the family process-youth development link. Examples of recent applications of this research to the development of evidence-based intervention programmes specific to adoption and foster-care in the UK and internationally were also presented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/events/2018/01/12/exchange-wales-annual-adoption-lecture...
 
Description Article for The Conversation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Impact of child mental health problems is worse than 40 years ago - our new study suggests
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Attended Mental Health Parliamentary Reception hosted by Caroline Lucas MP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Attended parliamentary reception at the House of Comments, November 2017. This involved discussions with policy makers, practitioners and third sector organizations. Discussions focused on the importance of youth mental health, and the relevance of intervention and preventions strategies across child development. The discussions outlined the importance of considering multiple factors that can impact on youth mental, and discussed the utility of the evidence resource (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uplo ads/attachment_data/file/605988/evidence-resource- improving-lives-helping-workless-families-web-vers ion.pdf ; see other entry in policy impact section) for all practitioners working with adults or children with an interest in promoting positive youth mental health. Discussions with members of ACAMHS (Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) have led discussions of potential opportunities (either via blog posts or video links) to help promote research in this area, with a key focus on translating research into practice, and promoting the evidence tool as an important and relevant resource.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Barnardo's Cymru Family Support conference Supporting Families' Futures: Partnership working for positive outcomes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Keynote speaker to a wide ranging audience. Adverse Childhood Experiences and Young People's Mental Health: More of the Same or Opportunity for Real Change?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Barnardo's Lecture on Adverse Childhood Experiences on the Mental Health of Children and Young People 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Adverse Childhood Experiences and Young People's Mental Health: A Practice Focused Update on the Evidence.
Review international evidence and outline the state of evidence in relation to outcomes for children and young people, with a focus on intervention/prevention strategies, front-line practitioner training opportunities (UK focus), and the importance of employing an intergenerational transmission perspective in addressing the long-term impacts of ACEs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Better Brighton Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Speaker. Revisiting the Nature of Nurture: Promoting Children's Positive Mental Health in a Digital World.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Brighton & Hove Children's Centre's Team Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Address: How the Inter-Parental Relationship Affects Children's Mental Health: Moving from Evidence to Implementation. This presentation outlined the importance of the inter-parental relationship for child mental health outcomes. Scientific evidence of international interventions were outlined to show how different interventions that target the inter-parental relationship can be effective for different groups of people or at different stages in development (e.g. transition to parenthood) to reduce inter-parental conflict and improve mental health outcomes for children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Brighton and Hove City Coouncil Reducing Parental Conflict - helping parents, helping children Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact How the Interparental Relationship affects Children's Mental Health: Theory, Research and Practice Implications.
Discussion outlining the importance of the inter-parental relationship for child mental health outcomes. Scientific evidence of international interventions were outlined to show how different interventions that target the inter-parental relationship can be effective for different groups of people or at different stages in development (e.g. transition to parenthood) to reduce inter-parental conflict and improve mental health outcomes for children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Brighton and Hove NHS Healthy Child Programme Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on Inter Parental Conflict: Children's Mental Health. Mainly attended by Health Visitors and School Nurses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CAWAC Training Session 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CAWAC Training Session for CAFCASS Wales
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Cabinet Office Meeting with Government officials 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Mental Health & Wellbeing. Discussion outlining the importance of the inter-parental relationship for child mental health outcomes. Scientific evidence of international interventions were outlined to show how different interventions that target the inter-parental relationship can be effective for different groups of people or at different stages in development (e.g. transition to parenthood) to reduce inter-parental conflict and improve mental health outcomes for children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cardiff Flying Start Annual Conference, Cardiff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Address: Cardiff Flying Start 11th Annual Conference, Cardiff. This presentation outlined the importance of the inter-parental relationship for child mental health outcomes. Scientific evidence of international interventions were outlined to show how different interventions that target the inter-parental relationship can be effective for different groups of people or at different stages in development (e.g. transition to parenthood) to reduce inter-parental conflict and improve mental health outcomes for children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Catalyst Psychology Inclusion Matters 2019: Children in a Digital Age. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Speaker. Revisiting the Nature of Nurture: Promoting Children's Positive Mental Health in a Digital World.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Changing Futures North East, Hartlepool 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Address: How the Inter-Parental Relationship affects Children's Mental Health: Theory, Research and Practice Implications. Scientific evidence of international interventions were outlined to show how different interventions that target the inter-parental relationship can be effective for different groups of people or at different stages in development (e.g. transition to parenthood) to reduce inter-parental conflict and improve mental health outcomes for children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/hashtag/RelationshipsMatter2018?src=hash&lang=en-gb
 
Description Children in Wales Conference, Cardiff. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Address: The relative role of genetic and family environmental influences on children's emotional and behavioural development. The event increased delegates' understanding of the role of genetics and family environmental influences on children's emotional and behavioural development. This conference gave them the opportunity to consider their own policy and practice as well as sharing experiences and best ideas with other professionals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.childreninwales.org.uk/item/early-years-conference-2017-creativity-resilience-wellbeing-e...
 
Description Cross-Research Council mental health workshop - London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The ESRC are leading on an exercise within RCUK involving ESRC, MRC, BBSRC, AHRC and EPSRC, to collaborate on a funding activity or series of activities around the area of mental health. Due to the differing remits involved, identifying common areas of interest is difficult. Prof Gordon Harold contributed to the workshop involving key experts to help advise and shape thinking around this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cross-disciplinary Mental Health Network Launch. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Nurture Network (eNurture). Promoting Mental Health for Young People in a Digital World. Cross-disciplinary Mental Health Network Launch.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Deliver presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Delivering presentation to Hertfordshire Council regarding the importance of inter-parental relationship for child mental health. This presentation outlines recent research evidence and policy and practice implications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussion with policy makers and practitioners (London) about impact of inter-parental relationships on child outcomes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion outlining the importance of the inter-parental relationship for child mental health outcomes.
Scientific evidence of international interventions were outlined to show how different interventions that target the inter-parental relationship can be effective for different groups of people or at different stages in development (e.g. transition to parenthood) to reduce inter-parental conflict and improve mental health outcomes for children.
This led to on-going discussions with policy advisors from both the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Department of Health to examine how these findings can inform government policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Early Intervention Foundation Annual National Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The conference, centered around EIF's focus on 'picking up the signs, not the pieces', and brought together over 300 delegates from across the UK, including representatives from local authorities, police forces, educators, practitioners in health and social care, the community and voluntary sector- as well as a range of policy professionals, national voluntary sector figures, academics and politicians.
The presentation addressed the question: 'How can supporting couple relationships improve children's life chances?'. This presentation summarised information from a recent report written in collaboration with EIF and DWP. See policy section for this report (What works to enhance inter-parental relationships and improve outcomes for children).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.eif.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/What-Works-To-Enhance-Inter-Parental-Relationships-...
 
Description Early Intervention Foundation Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop exploring the evidence on inter-parental relationships and the implications of the review - What Works to Enhance Inter-parental Relationships and Improve Outcomes for Children. The presentation outlined the latest evidence relating to the early years, parenting and family relationships, and considered the implications for practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Early Intervention Foundation National Conference 2017. London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Address: How should services reflect what we know about the importance of the inter-parental relationship? EIF's major national conference brought together people and voices from across the early intervention sector and all levels of government, commissioning and delivery for a day of learning and knowledge-sharing. High-profile keynote speakers reflected on important changes and trends in the political and policy environment we all work in, while curated panel sessions tackled a series of challenging questions around the theory, evidence and effective implementation of early intervention. Throughout the day there were opportunities to meet and exchange ideas and experiences with people who are passionate about early intervention and improving the lives of children and families across the country.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.eif.org.uk/event/national-conference-2017/
 
Description Edinburgh University Network Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim was to discuss intersections of violence in childhood, learning outcomes and educational practices to help develop a new conceptual model. The working group discussed key research areas that would be relevant to a new conceptual model. Some members of the group were organising travel to a range of different countries e.g. war torn countries and areas where domestic abuse is common to conduct focus groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Editorial for Public Sector Focus 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Article published online
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://flickread.com/edition/html/index.php?pdf=5d67acffb3d60#70
 
Description European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference (ESCAP), Geneva, Switzerland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Address: Genetic and Family Relationship Influences on Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Disentangling Nature from Nurture. A lecture on genetics of child and adolescent depression. This involved outlining existing and on-going research including a discussion on the environmental risks and gene environment interplay
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Family Matters Conference, Doncaster 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Address: "How the Inter-Parental Relationship Affects Children's Mental Health: Moving from Evidence to Implementation."
Understanding the psychological development and mental health needs of children and teenagers and how we as professionals can better care and support children and teenagers in everyday life. This conference gave an academic overview of the broad rounds of child developmental function and the factors that impinge normal development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Father Engagement Seminar Department for Work and Pensions - Children, Families and Disadvantaged Directorate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation to discuss interventions that promote father engagement particularly in disadvantaged families. This was a presentation followed by a discussion on policy implications of the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Flying Start and Families First Conference, Wales. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to the Welsh Government within the Children and Families Division. Presentation outlined the importance of parenting and the couple relationship as well as highlighting practice and policy implications specifically for disadvantaged families in Wales. This included a discussion of interventions that are available in Wales (e.g. Flying Start and Families First).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Harmful Conflict Conference Workshop CAFCASS Wales 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Speaker. Overview of current research in relation to Harmful Conflict and Psychological Impact on Children. Current interventions aimed at helping.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description How Family Factors Affect Long-Term Mental Health Outocmes: An Update on the Evidence. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Speaker. How Family Factors Affect Long-Term Mental Health Outocmes: An Update on the Evidence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Inside Government Event, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Gordon Harold Chair of this event. Improving Mental Health Services for Children and Young People. Inside Government is an independent organisation, which works closely with and for Government in order to provide practitioners with forums in which to debate and disseminate current thinking and information. Inside Government are advised by an advisory board including the Rt. Hon Cheryl Gillan MP, and aim to provide arenas where the latest key governmental and related thinking can be relayed to those who will be enriched by hearing it. All forums are made accessible to a wide variety of organisations and these facilitate a comprehensive representation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Scientific presentation outlining previous and on-going research at the Rudd Centre. To inform researchers at Kings College London about the importance of family processes for child mental health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (IoPPN) - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Academic Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Address: How Family Relationships Affect Children's Mental Health: Implications for UK Practice. This talk was about the effects of family relationships on children's mental health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Irish Inter-Church Meeting, Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Keynote Address: Family Relationship Influences on Youth Mental Health: Moving from Evidence to Implementation. This was a formal meeting between the Irish Catholic Bishop's Conference and the Irish Council of Churches. Senior church leaders and lay representatives from across 15 denominations in Ireland met. The theme chosen for this year's meeting was 'Proclaiming Christ to Families Today'. In choosing this theme, the Inter-Church Committee is looking ahead to the 2018 Work Meeting of Families an important global gathering for the Roman Catholic Church which will take place in Dublin in August 2018. The 2017 Irish Inter-Church meeting provided an important opportunity to explore opportunities for dialogue, sharing and collaboration in the churches response to the many and varied needs of families today. The meeting valued the opportunity to learn more about this research and the possible implications for how the churches best use their resources to support families and in their advocacy to Government on matters of social policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Keynote Presentation Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on Family Relationships Influences on Child Mental Health: Promoting Transformational Change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Keynote Speaker - Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Growing up in Ireland Conference & AAI Meetings. Dublin, Ireland. November 2016
Presentation on Family Relationship Influences on Children's Mental Health: New Research, Emerging Themes, Future Opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Marriage Care Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote presentation outlining the importance of the couple relationship for children's outcomes. Presentation was followed by informal questions and discussions that put research into practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meetings with Adoption Authority Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Advisor to the Adoption Authority Ireland committee
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mental Health and Wellbeing in Nottingham: Working together to make a difference. Keynote for Masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event was a series of Awareness Raising and Skills Development sessions over a week period open to everyone who works within the Children's and Vulnerable Adults Workforce in the City of Nottingham.

This masterclass explored new evidence focused on the relationship between couples, rather than their ability to parent, and how this impacts on child outcomes and child and adolescent mental health. The session also explored how to implement theory into practical improvement in practice that improves outcomes for children and families.

Session Objectives:
•Understanding new evidence on couple conflict and the relationship to child outcomes
•To review evidence based parenting programmes and the impact on improving child outcomes and couple relationships
•To be able to implement theory into improved practice and improved outcomes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://gossweb.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/VA/index.aspx?articleid=20598
 
Description NatCen - Shaping Futures: Mental Health and Educational Attainment in Adolescents. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Keynote speaker. Mental Health, Educational Attainment and Life Chances
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description National Adoption Service Conference, Cardiff. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Address: Improving Outcomes in Adoption: Moving on and Managing Relationships. Family Relationship Influences on Children's Mental Health: An Adoption Focused Perspective. In organising this conference the National Adoption Service for Wales sought to grow our understanding of how we can best provide a secure base for the child and support for all those working, and caregiving for the child during the transitions they experience and particularly from foster carer to adoption. This work is grounded in contemporary information and research from across the UK and wider including a study conducted in Wales. Significantly, this improvement agenda was driven by the invaluable contribution of young people, adopters, foster carers, regional adoption services and the third sector. This event was supported by Welsh Government grant aid to help Welsh services and practitioners develop research based practice in adoption support.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.adoptcymru.com/news/national-adoption-service-conference-2017
 
Description PAC-UK Conference, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on Adoption: Living Life to the Full. How Parents Affect Children, and vice versa: An Adoption-Focused Perspective.
Following on from this presentation Prof Gordon Harold was invited to join the Board of Trustees for PAC-UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.pac-uk.org/
 
Description Parenting Support Open Policy Debate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) is holding an Open Policy Debate event on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 in Dublin to explore the theme of parenting and parent supports.
Putting Parenting Support into Perspective: An Update on Research and Intervention Evidence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Place2Be Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Review evidence specific to the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on mental health and extended outcomes (e.g. academic attainment), emphasising the importance of engaging robust research and intervention evidence if substantive impacts are to be delivered in improving young people's mental health, future life chances and the reduction of intergenerational transmission cycles of childhood adversity and poor mental health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to All Party Parlimentary Group (House of Commons, Westminster, London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Purpose of presentation was to provide information regarding the impact of family relationships on children's mental health.
This meeting provided a platform for research findings to be recognized by policy makers and allow further discussions with the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Department for Health. Additional impacts include commissioning reports for the secretary of state at the Department for Work and Pensions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation to genetic counselling students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A lecture on genetics of child and adolescent depression. This involved outlining existing and on-going research including a discussion on the environmental risks and gene environment interplay.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description Primary Care and Public Health Departmental Away Day, Brighton 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited Speaker to the Brighton and Sussex Medical School Primary Care and Public Health Departmental Away Day. Presentation was about the research within the Sussex Rudd Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Reducing Family Conflict Conference Rochdale 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Parental conflict and the impact on children, their parents and their life chances" Messages from Research.
Discussion outlining the importance of the inter-parental relationship for child mental health outcomes. Scientific evidence of international interventions were outlined to show how different interventions that target the inter-parental relationship can be effective for different groups of people or at different stages in development (e.g. transition to parenthood) to reduce inter-parental conflict and improve mental health outcomes for children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Relationship Foundation Conference Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Family Relationship Influences on Children's Mental Health: Unpacking Nature from Nurture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Resilience and Early Intervention Work Stream Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion outlining the importance of the inter-parental relationship for child mental health outcomes. Scientific evidence of international interventions were outlined to show how different interventions that target the inter-parental relationship can be effective for different groups of people or at different stages in development (e.g. transition to parenthood) to reduce inter-parental conflict and improve mental health outcomes for children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Royal College of Psychiatrists Autumn seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at the ADSS Conference. ADSS is the Association of Directors of Social Services. Their primary purpose is to promote the well-being, protection, support and care of vulnerable adults and children in Wales. ADSS Cymru together with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Welsh Government organised this one day conference.
As part of this conference Prof Gordon Harold gave a presentation on the importance of family processes for child mental health. This presentation also outlined policy/practice implications of the research findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Safe Inclusive Schools Network (SISN) Edinburgh, Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Address: Family Relationship Influences on Youth Mental Health: Understanding the Nature of Nurture. The Safe Inclusive Schools Network (SISN) is based in the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh. As an interdisciplinary network of researchers, SISN aims to advance knowledge about the dynamics of inequalities with a particular focus on how they may create pathways to violence and exclusion, and, from there, to establish new directions in understanding how learning outcomes can be enhanced through the provision of safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all. This also included attention to environmental context and spaces, building and upgrading facilities to ensure that they are safe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.docs.hss.ed.ac.uk/education/creid/Projects/36_i_SISN_concept_note.pdf
 
Description School Council Seminar: The Digital World and how it impacts on children and young people 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Twenty-five pupils (age 8-10 years) from Ysgol Gynradd Rhiwbeina, Cardiff, took part in the seminar during which they were asked to consider the risks and opportunities connected to the digital world, and advice for adults concerning the digital world. As a result of the lively seminar the school is going to co-produce with eNurture a leaflet for parents, teachers and pupils outlining the key points and recommendations from their perspective.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School/Youth Engagement Event. Cardiff - Children and adolescents' views of mental health research in a digital world 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This interactive event was targeted at pupils aged 8-18 currently in primary and secondary education with the aim of engaging them in identifying research priorities for eNurture's second funding round. Fifteen pupils from Rhiwbeina Primary School, 11 students from Commonweal School, and 5 members of the eNurture youth Panel participated in the event. Sessions included a presentation by Dr Elvira Perez-Vallejos of the 5 projects eNurture awarded in our first funding call and a discussion of the lessons learned and research gaps. Three age-focussed discussion groups (Primary, Secondary and Young Adults), each facilitated by 2 members of the eNurture team, focussed on identify the risks and opportunities of the digital world, and research ideas. The children and young people presented a summary of the highlights from their discussion groups during the plenary session. The confidence and enthusiasm of the children and young people was truly inspiring. A key outcome of the event is a survey of the whole school (750 people!) to be conducted by the children from Rhiwbeina primary school to ascertain their peers' and teachers' views of the digital world and its impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Seminar with Department for Work and Pensions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Department for Work and Pensions to discuss the cost benefit analysis of interventions for supporting inter-parental relationships. This cost benefit analysis is on-going and related outputs are forthcoming.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Sussex Rudd Centre - Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact PROMOTING POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR FAMILIES, PARENTS AND CHILDREN: RECENT EVIDENCE, EMERGING KNOWLEDGE, FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

Aimed at policy makers, national and local government, charities, social care practitioners and family and child support specialists, this symposium reviewed the very latest research highlighting family relationship influences on child and adolescent outcomes.
The symposium highlighted very recent practice and policy developments in this area, featuring a broad range of internationally renowned speakers from the fields of child development, adoption and foster care, family and child policy, family law, education and social work.
In particular, the symposium explored the impacts of recent ground-breaking research led by Professor Gordon Harold of the Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice and School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. Professor Harold's research has directly informed recent UK Government policy initiatives and planned national support strategies aimed at supporting families and children. Led by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), this new research underpins proposed future programme commissioning and emphasises the importance of examining and supporting family relationships (including the couple and parent-child relationships) in promoting improved outcomes for children and adolescents.

As well as reviewing this research and related policy developments, the symposium also highlighted recommendations being offered to promote and facilitate the next generation of training and capacity building that will help equip practitioners with the skills required to identify needs and deliver evidence-based programmes that promote meaningful and sustained positive impacts for the lives and future life chances of families, parents and children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.sussex.ac.uk/adoption/newsandevents
 
Description The Next Steps for the troubled Families Programme: Implementing An Integrated Approach to Supporting Disadvantaged Families. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Keynote Speaker. The Next Steps for the troubled Families Programme: Implementing An Integrated Approach to Supporting Disadvantaged Families.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description The Role of the Inter-Parental Relationship for Child Mental Health and Development: Recent Research, Practice and Policy Developments. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Keynote Speaker. The Role of the Inter-Parental Relationship for Child Mental Health and Development: Recent Research, Practice and Policy Developments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The Rudd-REFCA ''New Worlds of Adoption and Foster Care: Thriving on the Frontline'' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Rudd-REFCA ''New Worlds of Adoption and Foster Care: Thriving on the Frontline'' Conference - Amherst Massachuses USA. Gave a talk to foster carers and adoptive parents about the changes in policy and practice taking place in the UK for adoptive and foster care families.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.umass.edu/ruddchair/Rudd-REFCA2016
 
Description The Sussex Family Justice Board Conference. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Keynote Speaker. Parental conflict and the impact on children's mental health. Event was attended by members of the judiciary.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Think Family Conference, Bristol 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Address: Family Relationship Influences on Youth Mental Health: Moving from Evidence to Implementation. Think Family is the approach used by the Troubled Families programme to encourage services to deal with families as a whole, rather than responding to each problem, or person, separately.The Troubled Families programme was launched in 2011 to help families who struggle with factors such as debt, homelessness, mental health issues, domestic violence, poor parenting, illness or substance misuse.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Training to Barnardos (Wales) Practitioners 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Developed and trained Barnardo's (Wales) workers in delivery and interpretation of an assessment tool that increases understanding of child mental health outcomes following exposure to inter-parental conflict
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description UNICEF Leading Minds Conference 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Keynote Speaker. Evidence Gaps in Child Mental Health. International conference about children and mental health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description University of Cambridge Open Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Young People's Mental Health in Schools: Understanding and Responding to the Evidence.
Discussion outlining the importance of the inter-parental relationship for child mental health outcomes. Scientific evidence of international interventions were outlined to show how different interventions that target the inter-parental relationship can be effective for different groups of people or at different stages in development (e.g. transition to parenthood) to reduce inter-parental conflict and improve mental health outcomes for children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental health (ACAMH) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion to members of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH). Intention was to provide an update of evidence regarding genetic and environmental risk factors for child and adolescent mental health disorders to translate scientific findings into practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Visit to Mental Health Leaders Collaborative 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on the interplay between family processes and child mental health. The purpose of the discussion was to highlight resilience processes that have implications for policy and practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Webinar for Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry annual research review webinar
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.acamh.org/event/jcpp-arr-webinar/
 
Description Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A forum to discuss the next steps for children in care - regionalising adoption, improving outcomes and new standards for children's homes. the future for adoption, fostering and special guardianship - improving the adoption process, reducing delay and providing better support for families.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Young People's Mental Health in Europe 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This international symposium provided an opportunity to evaluate the current state of mental health policies for young people at EU level and to discover best practices in the field of prevention and early intervention. It addressed innovative approaches to support young people's mental health in both family and school settings, while also focusing on the action of health services in the promotion of mental well-being. This symposium also addressed the role of new technologies and social media as a double-edged instrument in the hands of children and young adolescents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/GD26-PPE2
 
Description eNurture Funding Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Nurture Network. Hosted an eNurture funding webinar for prospective applicants to understand the process of the funding call.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description workshop for conference 'Psychological Therapies in the NHS', London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Facilitated workshop : 'Evidence review: Offering effective support to families and children'
the aim of the workshop was to discuss what we know about reducing inter-generational transmission of poor mental health by better understanding the impact of inter-parental relationship conflicts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016