Supporting Kirklees families to stay together

child slumped over kitchen table looking upset with parents arguing in the background

Disagreements and arguments in the home are completely normal. However, if they’re becoming a problem then help is at hand through Relationship Matters.

Relationship Matters

A partnership between Kirklees Council and 14 other local authorities across the Yorkshire and Humber region. Relationship Matters is designed to help families in staying together.

The Relationship Matters website offers information, tips and support. This is especially timely when the cost of living crisis is causing issues for so many people.

Whether couples are together or separated, regular conflict and the way adults communicate with each other have a major influence on children.

Do you recognise any of these things?

  • Are you arguing regularly about things like money, housework or how you parent?
  • Are you worried about splitting up?
  • Is there sulking, silent treatment, slamming doors or walking away from each other?
  • Are you anxious or worried and is this getting in the way of managing everyday life?
  • Are you not able to say sorry after an argument and move on?
  • Are you using hurtful texts, emails or social media against each other?

Support can help everyone recognise the signs of conflict, work out what needs to happen and know where to turn.

Cllr Viv Kendrick, Kirklees Council Cabinet member for Children, said:

“We want to support families in every way we can so that children and young people have the best possible start.

There are always stresses and disagreements in life but, for many people, experiences like the Covid-19 pandemic and the rising cost of living may have intensified the problems.

At any time, conflict between adults can have a very significant impact on the children and young people who are close to them.

We strongly recommend the Relationship Matters website as it helps people to identify issues and find a positive way to resolve them.”

More information

For more information, please visit the Relationship Matters website.

It can be challenging to separate between parental conflict and domestic abuse. Relationship Matters is about relationships where things are mostly respectful, equal and co-operative but are experiencing difficulties. 

If you have any concerns around controlling or coercive behaviour, violence or fear, seek advice from the police or from Pennine Domestic Abuse Partnership (call 0800 0527222).