A course to help separated parents consider how the experience affects their children and find ways to support them.

Separation can be difficult, but how does this impact children?

This short course works with separated parents to see their separation through their children’s eyes.

The course is designed to help parents understand that whilst separation is difficult on them, it will also be difficult on their children. The course supports parents in exploring their situation, how they are feeling and brings the focus back to the needs of the children through the separation and beyond.

Whilst many parents who are going through a separation will be in dispute with one another, the course explains the importance of communication and how feelings and reactions to the separation can impact this and the children involved.

Working with other parents in similar situation really helped me feel less alone. The course was really useful.”
Karen, 27

This course offers the parents a safe place to learn what children require most when their parents are separating. The course also gives parents the opportunity to share their experiences and gain support from other parents who are going through different stages of their separating journey.

How can the course help?

This course will be helpful to you if:

  • You want what is best for your children during your separation
  • You find it difficult to focus on your children’s needs because of ongoing conflict
  • You want communication with your ex-partner and children to improve

The course will allow you to:

  • Focus on the positive aspects of your relationship with your children so that you can build on this and help them to adjust
  • Managing conflict with your ex-partner and not putting your child in the middle
  • Reflect on how you are dealing with the changes
  • Think about whether you need any extra support

Key Details:

  • Parents going through separation can be ordered by the courts to attend, but parents can also self-refer
  • The course takes place over one day, in 4 hours and parents must attend the full 4 hours
  • Separated parents attend separate sessions, never the same one
  • Children and new partners do not attend

Working with other parents in similar situation really helped me feel less alone. The course was really useful.”
David, 33

Referrals & More Information:

We work alongside Children First Family Mediation and CAFCASS in Greater Manchester and currently offer courses in Agecroft, Eccles and Rochdale, which are directly referred by CASCASS.

However, we also accept self-referrals for this programme. If you are interested in attending the course, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 0161 872 1100 (ext. 3) for more information.

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