Parenting Apart Programme

The Parenting Apart Programme (PAP) supports parents who are going through conflict, divorce or separation, where relationships have broken down. It also supports the emotional wellbeing of children during this difficult time.

The PAP offers a supportive environment for both parents, so they can work towards an agreed co-parenting relationship and to compile a Parent Working Agreement (with the support provided by a PAP practitioner).

It is designed as an early help offer, where no safeguarding concerns have been identified and it is safe for children to have contact with either parent.

The programme lasts 4 weeks and involves 5 sessions, which can be held face-to-face or virtually.

The initial session takes place with each parent and then there are 3 joint sessions with both parents, which would result in a Parent Working Agreement.

Both parents must give consent to participate in the PAP.

What are the benefits?

  • Reduces the time and expenses of court proceedings and solicitors' fees.
  • Improves communication skills between parents.
  • Reduces parental stress and anxiety.
  • Children are able to continue to have relationships with both parents.
  • Improves the emotional and mental wellbeing of children.
  • Creates a more stable environment for children between homes.
  • Builds a better co-parenting relationship.
  • Gives parents a better understanding about what is best for their children.
  • Improves relationships between parents and children when a significant change has taken place.

How do I make a referral?

If you are a family and would like to take part in the Parenting Apart Programme, get in touch with our Stronger Families Hub team by emailing or call 01895 556006.

If you are a professional wishing to refer a family for the Parenting Apart Programme, please complete a referral form through our online portal.

Complete a referral form

Page last updated: 08 Mar 2023