Alphabetical Publications

Newsletter June 2017

Inside: RTN annual conference in September, Relationships Foundation now fully responsible for Relational Schools, FASTN/Status increases its reach, Marriage Foundation general elections manifesto and victory to Keep Sunday special in Belfast Right click the image to view the Newsletter in your browser.

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March 2017

Newsletter March 2017

Inside: Relationships Foundation assumes full responsibility for Relational Schools Foundation, Marriage Week 2017 a huge media success, FASTN aspires to become an independent charity.   Right click the image to view the Newsletter in your browser.


New book ‘The Relational Lens: Understanding, managing and measuring stakeholder relationships’ out now!

The long awaited book ‘The Relational Lens: Understanding, managing and measuring stakeholder relationships’ written by John Ashcroft, Roy Childs, Alison Myers and Michael Schluter and published by Cambridge University Press is finally here! What are the conditions within which people and organisations are more likely to form and conduct effective relationships? Can those conditions be more consciously organised in […]

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Newsletter October 2016

Inside: The Relational Lens book launch, RTN members and partners day, ‘Status’ campaign team is growing and Marriage Foundation news. Right click the image to view the Newsletter in your browser.


Newsletter August 2016

Inside: The Relational Lens to be published in October, Family Test — the way forward, Relational Thinking Network members and partners day and ‘Status’ campaign starts with full force Right click the image to view the Newsletter in your browser.

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Launching ‘Status’ – a new campaign for 18-25 year olds

During the past year Relationships Foundation has been supporting the development and launch of a new initiative that seeks to change attitudes and behaviour to enable more children to grow up safe, secure and nurtured by both parents. This family stability initiative has now launched its first campaign – called ‘Status’ – aimed at 18-25 year olds. The […]


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Newsletter March 2016

Inside: Keep Sunday Special defeats Government’s plans to deregulate Sunday trading hours, implementing the Family Test – a review of progress one year on and Relational Thinking Network event “The Third Force Awakens”! Right click the image to view the Newsletter in your browser.


Newsletter April 2015

Inside: Keep Sunday Special launches #SundayPledge campaign and Relational Thinking Network Conference! Right click the image to view the Newsletter in your browser.

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Newsletter March 2015

Inside: Cost of Family Failure £47bn and still rising, Relationships Foundation to test the Family Test, Relationships Foundation at the Relationships Alliance and Marriage Foundation Manidesto! Right click the image to view the Newsletter in your browser.


Newsletter November 2014

Inside: Relationships Foundation welcomes ‘the Family Test’, Keep Sunday Special campaign sees off new threats and new Relational Thinking Network blog! Right click the image to view the Newsletter in your browser.

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Newsletter August 2014

Inside: Prime Minister’s speech on the family, announcing the Relationships Foundation’s new website and an update on the Keep Sunday Special campaign!     Right click the image to view the Newsletter in your browser.


Implementing the Family Test – A review of progress one year on

Relationships Foundation, The Family and Childcare Trust and Relate have reviewed the implementation of the Family Test. This report seeks to identify how successfully the Family Test has been implemented to date and what can be learnt to ensure the Test becomes an integral and effective part of the policy making process. For further information, please […]

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Counting the Cost of Family Failure: 2016 update

Cost of family breakdown reaches record high Relationships Foundation’s updated annual “Cost of Family Failure Index” reveals that the 2016 cost of family breakdown to the taxpayer has increased for the eighth year in a row to £48 billion, up from 37 million in 2009. This means that the average taxpayer  now shoulders the financial burden […]


Cost of family breakdown reaches record high

Relationships Foundation’s updated annual “Cost of Family Failure Index” reveals that the 2016 cost of family breakdown to the taxpayer has increased for the seventh year in a row to £48 billion, up from 37 million in 2009. Despite cuts to government spending on services dealing with the fallout from family breakdown, soaring rates of […]


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We believe that it is time to take family failure seriously. Indeed, we developed our Cost of Family Failure Index to illustrate this point. Substantial costs that once were borne within families are now an ever-growing charge to the public purse. Since we began the exercise in 2009 the estimated cost has risen from £37 billion to £ […]


Counting the Cost of Family Failure: 2015 update

The cost of family failure now £47.31 billion – increase of £1.55 billion since last year. The cost of family failure continues to cost the public a huge amount. The Relationships Foundation’s annual index of the cost of family failure shows that the overall cost has once again risen – to £47.31 billion. This update […]


John Ashcroft: The fiscal case for championing family policy

Relationship Foundation’s Research Director John Ashcroft makes the fiscal case for championing family policy in his recent guest post for Conservative Home, Britain’s leading Conservative blog for news. In his blog post John Ashcroft points out that any government facing both public expectations of improved public services and challenging fiscal constraints cannot afford to disregard the […]


Cost of Family Failure: £47 bn and still rising

Relationships Foundation has just updated its annual “Cost of Family Failure Index”, and can reveal the 2015 cost of family breakdown to the taxpayer is £47 billion – costing each taxpayer £1,546 a year. Despite cuts in government spending, the cost of family failure continues to rise.  And the continuing upward movement of the Index […]


Relationships Foundation to test The Family Test

Relationships Foundation welcomed the publication of The Family Test guidance for government departments from the Department for Work & Pensions1. RF has been making the case for this development for many years, starting with the publication of The Triple Test six years ago.2 Our work has showed that the social dimension is the elephant in […]


Family Policy: where next?

We are delighted that today the Prime Minister has announced the implementation of a ‘family test’ to examine all domestic policy for its impact on the family. His speech today is a welcome step in addressing some of the coalition government’s failures to develop and implement a coherent family policy. The Relationships Foundation has been making […]


Counting the Cost of Family Failure: 2014 Update

The total cost of family breakdown to the UK was £46 billion, up from £44 billion last year. The index looks at the cost of family breakdown in five key areas of public policy: Tax and Benefits, Housing, Health and Social Care, Civil & Criminal Justice and Education & Young People not in education, employment […]

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Newsletter February 2014

Newsletter February 2014

Inside: Cost of Family Failure remains at £46bn despite government cuts, Marriage Foundation’s second national conference a huge success, and an update on the Relational Schools Project!   Click the image to view the PDF in your browser. Right click and select ‘Save As’ to download the file to your computer.


Relational JusticeThirteen authors, all highly respected professionals, assess the criminal justice system from a relational perspective and suggest ways of bringing a concern for the relationships damaged by crime at the heart of our penal system.

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The R Factor

The R FactorWritten at a time of intense debate both in the emerging post-communist world and the recession-ridden West, The R Factor presents a powerful critique of our culture. Only through the creation of Relational markets and democracies, it argues, will we find personal fulfilment and build a truly stable global order.


Building a Relational SocietyWriters in this unique collection of essays, from their very different walks of life, challenge the neglect of our relationships. Drawing together evidence from pyschology, economics and commerce, sociology and theology, the authors demonstrate the costs of neglecting human relationships. They urge a new approach to finding solutions to the problems of urban decay, industrial relations, divorce and family conflict by adopting a more relational public policy focus. The authors include A.H. Halsey,  John Monks, Clive Mather, Ceridwen Roberts and Shirley Dex.

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Relationships in the NHS

Relationships in the NHSThis book looks at the characteristics of NHS relationships. It looks at policy and the theory underpinning these relationships and builds on practical examples from many of the health communities in England. It offers new insights to those of us who are trying to harness and focus the energies of different organizations for the greater benefit of the populations that we serve.

Dr Gillian Morgan, Chief Executive, North & East Devon Health Authority


Case for Interprofessional CollaborationEach chapter adopts a consistent format and a clear framework for professional relationships, considering those with the same profession, other professions, new partners, policy actors, the public and with patients. Available direct from Blackwell publishing.

‘This book is essential for practitioners, managers and educators of health and social care.’  Dr Frances Gordon in the journal Learning in Health and Social Care.

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Relational Manager

Relational ManagerRelationships that work lie at the heart of every successful organisation – on a strategic level, a cultural level, an operational level and a personal level.
Distilling 20 years of experience and research, The Relational Manager is packed with telling case histories, practical examples and clear guidance. Authors Schluter and Lee demonstrate conclusively how managers at any level in any organisation can make a real difference to performance by thinking relationally.
Focused primarily on the workplace, the book also offers insights into the work-life balance and relationships with friends and family. This book argues that society is ultimately a network of relationships, both public and professional. If those relationships don’t work, quality of life goes down and organisational performance suffers. The Relational Manager sets out a relationships approach to policy making and management to inspire leaders in all walks of life.

See: ‘High Praise for The Relational Manager’ here.
Review from the Chartered Managemnet Institute here and from LICC here.