Published on September 7, 2023

Navigating Separation and Divorce with Support and Care

At the Parenting Apart Programme, we understand that navigating the challenging journey of separation and divorce can be overwhelming, both emotionally and financially. These difficulties are compounded when communication breaks down, and parents struggle to make decisions together about their children. We recognise that these challenges can place a tremendous strain on relationships and have significant consequences for all parties involved, especially the children.

Our Goals

The Parenting Apart Programme is dedicated to strengthening parents’ ability to problem-solve and make decisions that prioritise the best interests of their children. Our goal is to empower parents to do this without the need for lengthy court proceedings or ongoing support and intervention.

Fostering Positive Outcomes for Children

Conflict within families can have a profound and lasting effect on children, potentially impacting their life outcomes. Unfortunately, the adversarial nature of divorce and separation often leads to heightened resentment. The Parenting Apart Programme intervenes by working closely with families going through conflict and/or separation or divorce. Our primary focus is on safeguarding your child’s well-being throughout this challenging process.

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We place your child at the forefront of our discussions, increasing parental understanding of how conflict affects children. Our programme is designed to be an early intervention that helps parents communicate effectively, reducing the negative impact of separation and conflict on children.

We provide parents with the skills and confidence to parent successfully together-apart, placing your child’s well-being at the forefront of every decision. This approach results in more effective conflict resolution, increased parental control, and shared responsibility around family decisions.

Support for All Parents and Caregivers

We offer an alternative relationship-based support to help parents navigate the emotional, financial, and practical challenges of separation and divorce.  It is vital to clarify that the Parenting Apart Programme is not a mediation service but a cost-effective solution.

At Parenting Apart, we are dedicated to offering assistance to any parent or caregiver, regardless of gender, age, race, culture, or belief, who cares for children aged between 0 to 19 years. We understand that family dynamics can be complex and diverse, and our programme is designed to accommodate all situations.

Our intervention is delivered over 4, 8, or 12 weeks, involving individual and joint meetings with parents. This approach allows us to support parents in initiating constructive conversations about their children. We understand that every family is unique, and our programme is tailored to meet your specific needs and circumstances.

Children can be involved in the process when parents have shown commitment to their co-parenting relationship. We believe in considering the child’s perspective and well-being in all discussions, and their involvement can be a positive step in ensuring their needs are met. Children are reassured that their parents or caregivers still love them and can make decisions on their behalf, even though they are no longer living together.

We are equipped to work alongside Safeguarding children and Court processes, always prioritising the emotional and physical well-being of children.

Our aim is to provide a safe and supportive environment for parents and caregivers to navigate the challenges of separation and divorce while ensuring the best interests of the children are at the heart of all decisions. Regardless of your unique circumstances, we are here to guide you through this challenging journey.

Who Can Benefit from The Parenting Apart Programme ?

The programme is open to a wide range of caregivers, including:

  • Birth parents who are separated or divorced,
  • Stepparents,
  • Special Guardians,
  • Connected Family Members,
  • Grandparents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Same-sex couples

Flexible Delivery

The Parenting Apart Programme is adaptable to your needs. Whether you prefer virtual or face-to-face sessions, our expert practitioners are here to guide you to a supportive and accessible experience.

Quality Assurance Through Quality Marks

CAN PARENT Quality Mark: Parenting Apart has received the CAN PARENT Quality Mark through Family Lives. This mark signifies our commitment to the highest standards, including evidence-based practices, robust governance, financial and risk management procedures, and effective training and evaluation systems. By achieving the CAN PARENT Quality Mark, we have demonstrated our dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of parents and children.

The AIM Quality Mark: The AIM Quality Mark signifies that Parenting Apart adheres to the highest standards of practice in parenting support. It demonstrates our commitment to quality, integrity, and professionalism. Parents can trust that when they choose The Parenting Apart Programme, they are selecting a service that meets rigorous standards and operates with the utmost transparency and accountability.

Our Dedicated Practitioners

Our practitioners are specially trained to create a safe space for parents to communicate and work together. They possess the knowledge and skills necessary to guide you through this challenging journey while focusing on your child’s best interests.

How to Get Started

Referrals to the Parenting Apart Programme can come from various sources, including solicitors representing parents, Local Authorities, NYAS, Independent Social Workers, Psychologists, Cafcass, or through direction from the Family Court. We are here to assist you during this challenging time, providing guidance and support every step of the way.

Before we begin, parents and professionals are offered a FREE 30-minute consultation to discuss their family situation. This ensures that we can provide the support you need and that it is safe to work with the family.

Contact Us


Office Contact Number:  01562 700 447


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Co-operative Parenting

Co-operative parenting (sometimes shortened to co-parenting) is about sharing decisions and information about your children and making them feel as though they have two parents who can parent them effectively and together. It’s about communicating with your ex about your children in a positive and practical way.

Why Is Co-operative Parenting Important?

Much of the time, when going through a separation or divorce, parents will be experiencing emotional ups and downs. Such emotional turmoil can make it hard to step back and see things clearly. It can also be hard to see how we are going to need, now more than ever, to be calm and reassuring parents for the children. The benefits of co-operatvie parenting can last a life-time. Some parents can end up using children as bargaining collateral, withholding access, wanting to feel as though our children are on their 'side'. These can feel like small wins but really aren't and cause long term damage. On this hub you will find a number of articles offering support and advice on co-operative parenting. You will also find articles and videos looking at the longer-term impacts of separation and divorce.

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