Putting children and young people first in the family courts


Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP)


The Separated Parents Information Programme is a course which helps you understand how to put your children first while you are separating, even though you may be in dispute with your child’s other parent. The course helps parents learn the fundamental principles of how to manage conflict and difficulties.


You will not attend the same session as your ex. In some areas it is free to attend – you can contact your local provider for more information.

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There's more information about the course on the SPIP factsheet and the SPIP handbook.


Being ordered to attend by the court  


Courts have the power, by making a court order, to ‘direct’ parents to attend a programme aimed at promoting safe contact with children.  Cafcass is usually asked to advise the court if it is suitable for you.


You can be ordered to go to a Separated Parents Information Programme (there is no charge for Cafcass service user to attend) and/or to a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM).   


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