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The Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP) is a short, structured course for parents designed to help them understand the impact of ongoing parental conflict on their children.

The programme provides advice and support about how to best help children in this situation and enables parents to take steps towards their own solutions.

It isn't a programme about your parenting skills, but does give you information and ideas about separated parenting and can point you towards the help that is available for you. 

It is an ideal short course to compliment couples undergoing Mediation.

What happens in a SPIP session?

The programme is four hours long and is delivered to both parents separately, in mixed groups of 8-10 people. 

Attending separate groups allows you and your ex-partner to explore specifc aspects of the process that you need to think about, and gives you both the space to consider the other's perspective. 

SPIP sessions are delivered by skilled, trained facilitators who will help you think about possible next steps. 

What is the cost of the programme?

The programme is free to parents referred by the courts.

Outside of the court process, under a CAFCASS pilot, the programme is free to parents who live in Dorset but we are required to apply a cost of £150 in all other circumstances.

A certificate of attendance will be issued once you have completed the programme.

More information about Dispute Resolution SPIP

The external links below may be useful.  Relate do not control the content of these websites and each will open in a new window.

CAFSASS Dispute Resolution SPIP Handbook

Splitting Up? Put Kids First

Your Parenting Plan

Getting it Right for Children when Parents Part

Book your place on the programme

For further information and forthcoming SPIP dates please contact us using the enquiry form at the top of the page or call 01305 268686 and ask to speak to Brian.