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What is SPIP?

Due to the current restrictions and social distancing rules all programmes are delivered remotely via online platforms such as Skype, Zoom or MS Teams. Delivery is in small groups of up to four parents and run by experienced facilitators.

The Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP) 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 – including how to put this in practice. You will not attend the same session as your ex-partner.

The programme encourages you to take steps for yourselves; this may include developing agreements that do not need court intervention. The Programme will give you ideas and signpost ways in which you can get help outside court. The majority of parents that go on the course find it very helpful.


What does it entail?

  • It is usually delivered to mixed groups of parents in one four-hour session, or sometimes, in two, two-hour sessions.
  • Separated couples do not go on the same course, but it is important that both parents go on a programme.
  • It looks at working as separated parents in the best interests for your children.
  • Parent communication – you will be asked to think about prepared scenarios from other viewpoints. You will also see and try out some methods that can help both parents react better to stress in practical ways.
  • Emotions – you will look at the emotional effect of separation, and being separated parents and the options for moving forward

How to book onto SPIP

The Directory of SPIP providers contains details of the providers that are commissioned and funded to deliver services by Cafcass on behalf of the Ministry of Justice in England.

All the providers listed in this directory are delivered by organisations working in partnership with Cafcass. They work to standards for safety, data protection and feedback that match those of Cafcass and have appropriate accreditations with organisations that verify their standards.

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

For more information, have a read of the SPIP leaflet, which you can download by clicking the button below.

What parents have said about the SPIP:

The session was great – most importantly
it focused on the children’s emotional wellbeing.
– SPIP participant


The course focuses the awareness toward the child, and helps
to identify that conflict is ultimately not in their best interests.
– SPIP participant


The information provided was fantastic, it was good to see
what pathways can be used and hear other people’s situations.
– SPIP participant