Separated Parents Information Programme
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Please contact Jenny at SPIP@relatecoventry.org for further information.
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Separated Parents Information Programme
We are currently delivering the Separated Parents Information Programme for Cafcass which takes place in centres and virtually across Coventry and Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. This programme is only available to clients that have been ordered by the court to attend, or have been referred by Cafcass.
The 4 hour programme is delivered as a one off session in most cases and is usually delivered to a mixed group of applicants (parents applying for contact with their children) or respondents (parents responding to an application for contact). Parents are required to attend the entire 4 hour programme.
It should be noted that separated couples will not attend the same course.
Who is the programme for?
- Parents who are having difficulty focussing on the needs of the children due to on-going conflict
- Parents who find that their feelings and reactions to the separation are affecting their ability to communicate about the children
- Parents who are preparing for mediation
What’s included in the programme?
- The course takes a look at the divorce and separation process and encourages parents to think about solutions to their problems
- The wants and needs of the children
- How to communicate more effectively
- Understanding the effect that divorce and separation can have on your emotions
- Information and advice to help you move forward after separation and divorce
- This programme is currently available to those clients who may have been ordered to complete the SPIP as part of an activity direction from court, or who have been directly referred by Cafcass. Alternatively clients are able to refer themselves to attend this programme voluntarily at a charge of £55 per person.
- We will only report back to Cafcass and the Courts to confirm parents’ attendance
- Parents can be ‘ordered’ to attend the Separated Parenting Information Programme and / or a mediation information meeting
- Cafcass is usually asked to advise the Court if it is suitable for parents to attend either of the above
- 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
- Read the Cafcass Parenting Plan book at
How can I access this programme?
It is the view of Relate that any parent who has resorted to court action to resolve child contact, would benefit from this programme. We are keen to have as many parents as possible referred at the first hearing, so that we can try and help separating parents with the presenting issues at the earliest possible opportunity.
If you would like more information about the Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP), please contact SPIP@relatecoventry.org or call/text 07741 293685
For further information please contact Jenny at SPIP@relatecoventry.org or telephone us on 024 7622 5863.
Frequently asked questions about the Separated Parents Information Programme
It is usually delivered to mixed groups of parents in one four-hour session, or sometimes, in two, two-hour sessions.
Separated couples do not go on the same course, but it is important that both parents attend a court.
It looks at working as separated parents in the best interests for your children.
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 and being separated parents and the options for moving forward.
Yes. There are a number of benefits from attending a SPIP early, and you do not have to have an order from the court. It can be quite a complex and expensive process to apply to court, and at the moment there are delays in family cases getting to court. Going to court also can put you ‘against’ your co-parent, just at the time you need to be working together. Attending a SPIP can help you reach an agreement with your co-parent so that you don’t need to go to court at all.
If you are working with a lawyer, or a mediator, going to a SPIP without going to court can really help to make progress, and you can talk to them about it. It is best if both parents attend a SPIP: you will never attend the same session as your co-parent, but it is still good for one parent to attend, the other can always attend later.
All the organisations that provide SPIP are working in partnership with Cafcass. They work to standards for safety, data protection, and feedback that match those of Cafcass and have appropriate accreditations with organisations that verify those standards. They are continuing to deliver online during the pandemic.