We help and support parents when they need it the most

We help parents work in the best interests of their children

Supporting parents and children through conflict, separation and divorce

Our Team

Claire Field

Managing Director

Our Managing Director, Claire Field is an expert social care consultant, whose previous roles include Managing Director of Contact Care UK Ltd. Claire has extensive experience of delivering the Separated Parents Information Programme. Claire recognised the programme’s limitations, and from her extensive experience, identified how to address the gaps to significantly improve outcomes. The result is the Parenting Apart Programme, an early intervention that prevents long-term negative impacts for children’s emotional health and wellbeing when their parents separate or divorce. The programme is unique in the UK. 

Kam Kaur

Senior Social Worker/Parenting Apart Consultant

Kam Kaur is an experienced Senior Social Worker with a demonstrated history of working in individual and families services over the last 20 years. Skilled in Case management, Risk Assessment, Crisis Intervention, Social Services, Public Sector, and Mental Health.  Kam has undertaken various therapeutic training, Brief Solution Focused with children, Systemic Practitioner Intermediate Level, Attachment and Narrative Therapy, Non-Violent Resistance and DDP Level 1.

Dr. Paul Walton

Clinical Psychologist / Systemic Family Therapist 

Dr Paul Walton is a Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Therapist. Paul is the Parent Apart Programmer’s Training Lead and one of the programmes developers. His specialism is working with children and families, particularly children who have experienced developmental trauma. Paul has over 12 years’ experience working within the NHS and he now runs his own service Kaleidoscope Psychology and Psychotherapy whilst teaching part-time on the University of Hull, Clinical Psychology Doctorate.

Paul is passionate about the support the Parenting Apart Programme can offer to separating couples and the importance of using attachment theory, models of child development and systemic communication to achieve positive outcomes for children going through divorce.

Elford Douglas

Senior Social Worker/Parenting Apart Practitioner

Elford Douglas has over 28 years’ experience as Social Worker with specialisms in Child Protection, Children in Need, Family Support and Children with Disabilities.

Working with Worcestershire County Council for 6 years, as their Parenting Expert and was responsible for the successful rollout of evidenced-based parenting programmes. Trained and accredited in Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme), Family Links Nurturing programme, Solihull Approach Parenting Programme and FAST (Families and Schools Together) Programme and the Parenting Apart Programme (PAP).

Stephen Taylor

Parenting Apart Programme Practitioner

Stephen Taylor completed his degree in Health and Social care, working within the specific area of children and families. He works closely with Parenting Apart Programme for seven years.  

With over thirty years’ experience working with families in crisis, the complex area of family dynamics are always unique, but can often include factors such as alcohol and drug abuse, domestic abuse and violence.

 In the unfolding turmoil of family breakdown, parental alienation can occur, which can stem from one parent being unsupportive of the child’s relationship with the other parent, this can be observed particularly during stressful family court cases.  Acknowledging that the child is often an unwilling and unheard participant during family breakdowns separations and divorce.  The child’s voice provides a consistent narrative and thread, to encourage and facilitate effective change, with the overall aim to create a healthier parental relationship.

Lucy Oldershaw

Parenting Apart Programme Practitioner

Lucy has worked in the education sector as a primary school teacher, since 2005.

She completed her MA Early Years Education and has worked in the Further Education sector for seven years where she taught on Level 2 and 3 Childcare and Health and Social Care programmes. She was the Programme Manager for the Early Years Apprentices where her role meant that she liaised with managers within a variety of educational settings and Local Education Authority and managed a small team of assessors.

As a recent divorcee with a young child, she has benefited greatly from the Parenting Apart Programme and has seen first-hand the positive impact it had on the parents and more importantly the child. The programme enabled parents to recognise the importance of communication and most importantly meeting your child’s needs first.

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Registered Office:

15-17 Church Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1LU