What is SPIP?
- The Separated Parent Information Programme (SPIP) is a course focused on the needs of children in families that are going through or have been through separation or divorce. This is not a course about day to day ‘parenting skills’. It is about recognising the damage that conflict over separation issues can do to children.
Who can attend the SPIP course?
- Couples including LBGT couples and their new partners or grandparents ordered by the courts at their First Directions Hearing (FDHR)
- All parents, new partners and grandparents involved in separation who cannot agree child issues who wish to learn more about the dangers of parental conflict and its impact on family life.
- Parties attend separately.
What does the course cover?
- The effect on children of parental conflict in separation
- The emotional and parenting process in separation
- Focuses on improved communication between parties
- Supporting the children in the middle
- Learning to take responsibility for yourself not for others
- Dispute resolution e.g. Mediation and next steps
- Parents will be provided with helpful information, web site addresses, contact details and information about mediation and next steps
For further information about SPIP and additional resources please see Cafcass leaflets and resources for both adults and young people