The Separated Parents Information Programme is designed to help parents understand the impact of ongoing parental conflict on their children and to provide advice and support on how to reduce it. The course aims to enable parents to take steps towards their own solutions. It is usually delivered to mixed groups of resident and non-resident parents. It is important that both parents attend. You will not be placed on a course with your former partner. The whole course must be completed and compromises of two, two hour sessions which must be attended consecutively.
- You have difficulty focusing on your children’s needs due to ongoing conflict.
- You find that your feelings and reactions to the separation are affecting your ability to communicate calmly about your children.
- You would like communication to improve, perhaps you are thinking about mediation.
- There are no safeguarding concerns about children or parents.
Working as separated parents in the best interests of your children.
What children need – you will watch a powerful DVD made by young people that follows a family over a six month period.
Parent communication – you will be asked to think about prepared scenarios from other viewpoints. You will also see and try out some methods that can help both parents react better to stress in practical ways.
Emotions – you will look at the emotional effect of separation, or being separated parents and the options for moving forward.
Courts have the power, by making a court order, to ‘direct’ parents to go to contact activities that are aimed at promoting safe contact with children. You can be ordered to go to a Separated Parents Information Programme and/or to a Mediation Information Meeting. Cafcass is usually asked to advise the court if it is suitable for you. You can choose a Separated PIP provider convenient to you. There is no charge to Cafcass service users for the Separated PIP.
The Yorkshire Children’s Centre can offer the course on a Wednesday morning or Thursday evening.
National Children’s Centre only reports back to Cafcass about attendance and does not assess your responses to the various parts of the programme. Participants are asked for feedback through an evaluation form.