Parenting Information Programme

The programme is designed to help parents learn more about the challenges of post- separation parenting, including the effects on children of ongoing conflict. It also aims to provide advice and support about how best to help children in this situation, and seeks to enable parents to take steps towards their own solutions. Most parents that go on the course say they find it very helpful.

The Separated Parents Information Programme (PIP) 

* It is usually delivered to mixed groups of applicants (parents applying for contact with their children) and respondents (parents responding to an application for contact) in two, two-hour sessions or one four-hour session. You must be there for the whole course. 

* Separated couples do not go on the same course, but it is important that both parents go on a course. 


A PIP might be appropriate for parents (or other parties) when: 

*you may have difficulty focussing on your children’s needs due to ongoing conflict; and/or,  you find that your feelings and reactions to the separation are affecting your ability to communicate about your children;


*you are preparing for mediation and, there are no safeguarding concerns about children or parents.

The course 

* The divorce and separation process – this is where we encourage you to think about finding solutions to your situation.
* What children need – you will watch a powerful DVD made by young people that follows a family over a six month period, as the parents separate.
* Parent communication – we will ask you to discuss a prepared scenario and to look at it from the viewpoint of the mother, father and children.
* Emotions – finally you will look at the emotional effect divorce and separation can have and
the options for moving forward.


We only report back to Cafcass about attendance and do not assess your responses to the various parts of the programme. We will ask you to complete an evaluation form to help us monitor the course content and our delivery of the course. 
To take part in a course:
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. You can be ordered to go to a parenting Information programme and/or to a mediation information meeting. Cafcass is usually asked to advise the court if it is suitable for you. 

There is no charge for attending the programme providing there has been a direction by the court. For those who would like to participate in the course without a court order the charge is £200 plus vat. 

If you would like to know more about the effect of parental conflict on children check out the Good Childhood Inquiry 2007 on 


For more information e-mail or telephone 01827