An alternative form of dispute resolution

We help parents work in the best interests of their children

We help and support parents when they need it the most

How we help parents…
The Parenting Apart Programme wants to make a positive difference for children. We believe that parents play an irreplaceable role in the lives of their children. This is because parents provide the fundamental role of support, nurturance, and guidance for their children. 

This vital relationship positively impacts a child’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. There is strong evidence that children are likely to have better health, social and communication skills, achieve higher grades in education if they have parents who are sensitive to their needs and emotions. 

As a parent you have the right and responsibility to maintain a strong involvement in your child/ren lives. We understand that separation and divorce can be a challenging and upsetting time for all involved. Do not allow the legal process to take your parental right away and let professionals decide how you should be parenting your child/ren.

We know that majority of the parents we have supported love their children. We also know when parents are in conflict it becomes harder for adults to think about the child/ren. The relationship has ended between the adults, but your role as parents has not stopped. That is why parents need to get help, especially when communication has broken down or if your child/ren is not having time with the non-resident parent. 

Benefits
  • Improved communication skills for parents
  • Reduced stress and anxiety; relief from anxiety and depression; improved mental health and emotional wellbeing; and reduced isolation for both parents and children
  • Financial and time savings to parents of avoiding full court process, with associated stress-reduction circa £20,000
  • Reduced length of time that a non-resident parent has no contact with their child, which in a court process is typically up to 18 months

How we can help

  • We want to help you to become the best parents for your child/ren even when you live apart. We offer the following support to parents:

    • Free 30 minute telephone consultation – This will be with a Parenting Apart Consultant to discuss your circumstances and give you advice on what support you can access.  We offer a safe and confidential space to talk through your concerns. There is various types of support available for parents.  It is important that you access the right service/support to ensure that you can start to co-parent your child/ren.

     

Parenting Apart Programme – Direct Face to Face or Virtual Sessions 

The programme has been specifically designed to support parents, and the emotional wellbeing of child/ren, through separation and divorce. It offers unique and individual advice and support which enables the outcome to be positive and beneficial for the whole family whilst prioritising the emotional and physical wellbeing of the child/ren.

The Parenting Apart Programme is bespoke in offering an initial 4 week programme, which involves 5 meetings over a period of 4 weeks. These meetings will usually take around an hour and a half, which are face to face or virtual or telephone.

  • At the start of the programme, we will conduct a one-to-one session with each parent to establish trust and develop a positive approach.
  • Initial one-to-one meetings prior to entering joint sessions can be held for an initial assessment.
  • 3 joint session with both parents to begin communicating together in a supportive environment to form a respectful parent working relationship, that results in a Parent Working Agreement which both parents agree to abide by.
  • Develop a Parent Working Agreement that can be filed alongside Court Orders if relevant.
  • The sessions are flexible and can be extended if further support is required.
  • Reviews and ongoing support to help you through the first steps of moving on.  

Supported Contact

More than a million children have no contact whatsoever with one or other parent after separation. We can support child/ren when contact has lapsed and needs support to re-establish. Support children to keep in touch with parents if trust has broken down or communication is difficult.

Through the voluntary participation of the parents attending the Parenting Apart Programme, we are able to, with parents’ permission, reassure the child/ren involved that the parents are communicating and trying to make things better for them. 

We offer direct support to parents with handovers and facilitating contact with non-resident parent, which can be in the home or in the community, 7 days a week.   

If directed by the Court, then we are able to offer:

  • Direct work to the child/ren, which includes ascertaining the wishes and feelings of the child.We support children to re-establish relationships with the non-resident parent providing it is safe. It is crucial that parent become involved and work at the pace of the child/ren. Both parents in full acknowledgement of any plans and arrangements for the future.
  • We can compile court reports, providing overviews of Parent Working Agreements for ratification by the Court, summaries and recommendations for the Courts consideration for future contact arrangements.

 

Parent Working Agreement

We support parents to develop a Parenting Working Agreement (PWA) or Parenting Plan. The agreement details how the parents will work together to support the child’s wishes, emotional and physical wellbeing covering practical issues including transition of care, contact arrangements, residency, holidays, hand overs, and schooling. Parents retain responsibility for decision making related to their children’s futures, as opposed to court directed, third party decision making.

It is important to note that if you go to court in the future, it is likely that judges will expect you to have started a PWA.

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