Separated Parents Information Programme


The Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP) is designed to help separated parents, carers and other family members become clear about what their children need most from them, and learn the fundamental principles of how to manage conflict.

There are two ways to access SPIPs:

  • Through public referral
  • Through private referral. Private referrals are available if you have not been referred by the court.

This is a four-hour programme created by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass).

The programme is delivered in mixed groups of parents.  Separated couples do not attend the same course, although it is important that both parents attend the programme.  Workshops are available on weekdays as well as on Saturdays.

The programme covers:

  • working as separated parents in the best interests of your children
  • what children need
  • parent communication
  • the emotional effect of separation, being separated parents, and the options for moving forward

Parents have said after attending the SPIP:

“I’d recommend the course to anyone who has separated from their partner, with children – even where conflict is minimal.”

“Great clear, concise information and an opportunity to hear other people’s experiences and ask questions to improve my children’s emotional environment in the separation process.”

“Excellent presentations. Very well prepared and made the day relaxed. A lot better than expected.”

There is a handbook for the SPIP available online here.

Separated parents may find the following links helpful: 

Parenting Plan

Getting it right for children when parents part

For more information and to book your place, please contact us here.