Sorting out separation is part of the governments Help and Support for Separated Families (HSSF) network, which aims to help separated parents work together to achieve what's best for their children.
Bringing up children involves lots of joint decisions. If you are separated, it's harder to make these decisions and plans as you go along. 'Splitting Up? Put Kids First' helps you to create a FREE Parenting Plan online and learn the skills you need to make it work for you both. A parenting plan is a written or online agreement between parents. It helps you record how you will share the care of your child now and in the future. It can easily be changed and is not a legally binding agreement.
Child contact centres and services are neutral places where children of separated families can enjoy contact with their non-resident parents and sometimes other family members, in a comfortable and safe environment.
Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. They have over 250 Home Start projects accross the country - more info here.
Family Lives supports parents and families. It has a confidential helpline - 0808 800 2222; e-mail support and local support. its also has useful free online resources including a parenting courses.
Provides advice and practical support for single parents. They have expert advisers and lots of online resources including a step-by-step guilde to life's big changes. They also have support groups accross the country - more info. here.
This link takes you to a section which aims to help you navigate both the emotional and practical issues you are likely to encounter when going though separation and divorce.
Kids Come First is a community interest company delivering specialist teaching & support workshops for separated parents within a caring, confidential forum. We deliver professional, affordable training and guidance for parents experiencing family breakdown that focuses on the needs of their children during this difficult time. Our person-centred support workshops are presented by qualified adult trainers experienced in family therapy & child counselling.
The Divorce Support Group (DSG) is the UK's only Professionally run divorce organisation providing local support groups and individual counselling to help you cope with the emotional and psychological impact of your divorce or separation
The YMTB programme informs and supports the health of mum and baby during pregnancy addressing issues around smoking, alcohol, diet, breastfeeding, postnatal depression and much, much more. The YMTB programme has an established reputation of changing the lives of young mums, dads and their children for over a decade .
PrymFace (Young Mums)
Prymface is for young mums who feel they don't fit into the box that others try to put them in, or the mums who are told they are the 'exception to the rule' and you wonder what the rule is based on, or who decided the criteria for the box, or why there even needs to be a bloody box. Prymface is for young mums who are bored of all the negativity and shame and guilt they are 'meant' to feel just because they did things a different way round.
NCT have lots of information for anyone expecting a child. They offer information and support in pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. They have local branches all over the country - see here.
This is a social networking and advice website giving parents of teenagers a space to support each other through the challenges and successes of bringing up teens.
The national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children's lives – especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances and when they have lost contact with children
A national charity that supports people affected by imprisonment. We provide practical and emotional support to prisoners' children and families, and to prisoners themselves. Free helpline 0808 808 3444.
I am a twice divorced mum of two lovely girls and giving divorce help, tips and advice on how to cope with divorce and separation is what I do. I also explain the effects of divorce on children and how to help them through it.
My name is Sue Atkins and I will teach you my no-nonsense, simple techniques & give you hundreds of my expert parenting articles, videos & podcasts so you can get back to the business of having fun with your family!
Chrisitina has lots of expereince and expertise in supporting parents who are going through sepration and divorce. Her site has lots of useful articles and resources.
For your children
This is an online support service run by kids for kids who are going through separation and divorce. They have iots of advice and experience from children who have been through it.
A Kidspace is a unique programme that supports children and young people through their parents separation.