Category Archives : Pamphlets, Reports and Briefings


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 […]


An Unexpected Tragedy

This report, from Relationships Forum Australia sets out to establish whether there is a link between changes in Australian working patterns and aspects of well-being associated with relationships, particularly those in families, but also including friendships and participation in the broader community. Also download the Appendix to the report here. Disclaimer: Resources from other organisations or […]

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Family Pressure Gauge 2012

To coincide with the 2012 party conferences we publish the UK version of our Family Pressure Gauge, showing how the pressures on families varies across UK regions. Drawing on data from the Understanding Society panel survey, it replicates the same elements as our 2012 European index – financial, work, care and living environment pressures – choosing […]

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The Triple Test: economic, environmental and social

The Triple Test shows that the social dimension is the elephant in the room when it comes to an integrated approach to public policy. The Relationships Foundation wants to put a ‘Big Idea’ into the political process: that policy development, proposals for legislation and government action should all be subject to a triple test – economic, environmental […]

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Transforming Capitalism from Within

“Transforming Capitalism” is a fresh approach to the purpose, performance and assessment of companies based on the idea that stakeholder relationships lie at the heart of companies. The report is based on several years of research into the concept of ‘relational companies’, culminating in the creation of a Relational Business Charter. For more detail, read […]


Family Pressure Gauge 2011

The Relationships Foundation’s Family Pressure Gauge has been developed to measure progress towards the goal of making Britain the ‘most family friendly country in Europe’ – the stated intent of the coalition government. It will be updated annually, provide the framework for press and policy comment as we hold government to account and will promote […]

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A family friendly budget? Pre-budget briefing from the Relationships Foundation

The Relationships Foundation is concerned that, despite the Government’s stated ambition to make the UK the most family friendly country in Europe, they have as yet failed to bring forward a long term strategy to achieve this. The difficult fiscal climate pre-dates that ambition: there is no excuse for not addressing it in this, and […]


Counting the Cost of Family Failure 2011: £42bn

The cost of family failure continues to be a huge charge on the public purse. The Relationships Foundation’s annual index of the cost of family failure shows that the overall cost remains very high – at £41.74 billion. This means failed relationships cost each current UK taxpayer £1,364 a year. Click here to read the full press […]


The Relational Health Audit Brochure

Developed over more than 15 years’ research and practice, the Relational Health Audit is a one-of-its-kind psychometric scorecard that helps clients assess the quality and diagnose the state of relationships in the context of a group, an organisation, between organisations, or simply between individuals. Tested in a wide range of organisations and contexts, leading to […]


Progressive Families, Progressive Britain: Why Britain Needs Family Proofing of Policy

Progressive Families, Progressive Britain: Why Britain Needs Family Proofing of Policy sets out the case for a multi-layered relationally-literate approach to family proofing policy. Family policy is too often a narrow collection of explicit policies designed to achieve specific goals regarding families. “Family proofing” acknowledges the important role family considerations play in a broad range […]

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Some Wellbeing/Wellbeing-related Indices (Briefing note 5)

The government is, according to a Guardian report, “poised to start measuring people’s psychological and environmental wellbeing, bidding to be among the first countries to officially monitor happiness”. This follows an earlier working paper put out by the Office for National Statistics. The Relationships Foundation has long argued that there’s more to life than GDP. Just before the […]


Relational Business Charter

This joint proposal from Relationships Global and the Relationships Foundation outlines ten commitments that a company could make to increase greatly relational proximity and involvement from shareholders, employees, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders – which are compatible with maximising returns to investors.   Click the image to view the PDF in your browser. Right click and select […]

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Childhood and Families Task Force – developing the agenda (Briefing Note 4)

Since the formation of the coalition government the Relationships Foundation has argued that there needs to be cabinet level leadership of family policy that is not solely linked to any one spending department. Family relationships are a significant influence on key government goals including greater wellbeing, improved social mobility and reducing the fiscal deficit. They […]


Family Proofing Policy: A Review of International Experience of Family Impact Assessment

This approach was informed by a review of international experience of Family Impact Assessments (FIA). Family Proofing Policy: A Review of International Experience of Family Impact Assessment shows that while there are a number of useful frameworks for assessing impact, deficiencies in both the nature and structure of FIAs rendered the proposals unpopular and the basic arguments […]

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Towards a Conceptual Framework for Family Proofing Policy

Towards a Conceptual Framework for Family Proofing Policy: Understanding the Key Domains and Critical Levers of Influence, the third and final paper in the Family Proofing series, explores how family proofing of policy can be done, focusing specifically on the key domains and critical levers by which policy can influence family relationships and wellbeing. It […]


A Relationships State of the Nation: achieving and measuring a new sort of change

Getting relationships right is the key to progress and tackling the fiscal deficit. They cannot simply be bought through increased spending or legislated into existence. The influence of policy on relationships must be more intentional, and relational progress measured. Such a measure reflects our choices as well as the impact of government decisions.   Click […]

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It’s About Time: The Time Factor in Public Services and Its Impact on Relationships and Wellbeing, by David Wong

Tightening the public purse strings does not have to mean regression in our wellbeing. The key to achieving this is arguably time. Time is the currency of relationships and enabler of public services. It is the answer to the question of how we can improve our wellbeing despite an imminent squeeze on public spending. Time is an […]


When Relationships Go Right: Enabling thriving lives

Originally part of a ‘flip-over’ pamphlet, ‘When Relationships Go Right: Enabling thriving lives’ contains the Relationships Foundation’s analysis of ‘motivation, opportunity and support’. Responsibility for wellbeing lies in many areas: individuals, communities, companies, professions and both local and national government all have important roles to play. The relationships that make for wellbeing cannot simply be legislated […]

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Counting the Cost of Family Failure (Briefing Note 2)

Our annual index of the cost of family failure has risen dramatically from £36.7 billion to £41.7 billion. This means failed relationships cost each UK taxpayer £1350 a year. Only when this cost is taken seriously will people recognise how important relationships are to wellbeing and happiness. Policymakers and implementers can, and should, make informed […]


Building Strong Foundations

This report examines what is currently being done in the UK to provide couple relationship education, looks at how that task might be more effectively undertaken and the implications for training and resourcing.   The Relationships Foundation and 2-in-2-1 compiled the report following a recommendation from the 2007 National Relationships Education Conference and presented a draft […]

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Built to Last: Making the case for CRE (Wellbeing Series 5)

How relationships form is critical to how they function. Options can be curtailed even before a clear decision is made, because couples slide through, rather than decide upon, relationship transitions (eg, sexual involvement, pregnancy and cohabitation). Sliding results in relationship inertia, often meaning couples remain in unhealthy, or even unsafe relationships because too much effort is required to leave the relationship. Couple Relationship Education seeks […]


Why Does Marriage Matter? (Briefing Note 3)

Any relationship is a complex phenomenon influenced by many factors including structure, material resources, the external environment and the relational skills and capacities of the participants. Specific policy responses need to be informed by robust understanding of causality of outcomes, as well as the effectiveness and appropriateness of different mechanisms of influence. The next briefing […]

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Self Directed Support: The Challenge of New Relationships

The introduction of Self Directed Support brings about significant changes in the relationships between care managers, service providers, the people who start to exercise greater choice and control over their support, and the other individuals and agencies who support them in this process. The implementation of new policies in health and social care has not […]

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Time: Concepts and Trends

Time: Concepts and Trends – How Attitudes, Personal Choices, Cultural Norms and Public Policies Impact on Relationships and Wellbeing, by David Wong This extended essay is an attempt to explore, from a predominantly conceptual viewpoint, how our attitudes, personal choices and cultural norms with regard to time and the use of time affect our social connections […]