Cafcass Positive co-Parenting Programme
Our Positive co-Parenting Programme pilot is a 12-week programme for families which provides structured sessions to parents in family proceedings which involve medium to high conflict. It aims to promote positive change, improve communication between parents and reduce the emotional harm experienced by the child. 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 being piloted 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.
We are currently undertaking further work to refine the design and implementation of the pilot and will undertake an impact evaluation from Spring 2019.
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. Once trained, use of the framework will help practitioners to identify cases which might benefit from the Cafcass Positive co-Parenting Programme. The framework will direct practitioners to consider the CPPP intervention when there are indicators of medium to high 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 Pilot?
Please ask the FCA allocated to your case to see whether your case would be suitable for the pilot.
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.