Cafcass Positive co-Parenting Programme
Our Positive co-Parenting Programme is a 12-week programme for families which provides structured sessions to parents in family proceedings. It aims to promote positive change, improve communication between parents and restore the focus on the child in cases where parents may have got stuck in their own conflict and lost sight of their children. It encourages parents to place themselves in their children’s shoes so they can understand the impact of their behaviour. We use restorative practice principles to help the child recover with the support, where possible, of both parents.
A number of our FCAs have been trained to deliver the programme and it is available across the country in Rule 16.4 cases assessed to be suitable. Cafcass identifies those cases which might benefit from the programme. This is then discussed with the judge for each case and if agreed, the case is allocated to one of the practitioners trained in the programme.
How is the Cafcass Positive co-Parenting Programme associated with the Child Impact Assessment Framework?
The Child Impact Assessment Framework and the Cafcass Positive co-Parenting Programme are different practice developments. Use of the framework helps practitioners to identify cases which might benefit from the Cafcass Positive co-Parenting Programme. The Harmful Conflict Guide directs practitioners to consider the intervention when there are indicators of harmful conflict in a case and both parents are open to working with professionals as part of the intervention to help improve the situation.
Can my case be a part of the Cafcass Positive co-Parenting Programme?
Please ask the FCA allocated to your case to see whether your case would be suitable for the programme.
Can my family have access to the CPPP if we are not involved in family court proceedings?
Cafcass is only able to work with families when directed by the courts. The CPPP is not available to families outside of family court proceedings.
Where can I find out more information about the Cafcass Positive co-parenting Programme?
Please click here to view a leaflet about the programme.