Please be aware that we will not be delivering this service after 01/04/2023 and parents should contact Cafcass directly. We are no longer accepting any more DR SPIPS.
The programme, commonly referred to as SPIP, played a vital part in supporting separated parents and families with the planning for their child when there is a disagreement relating to contact issues.
SPIP was a 4 hour programme run during the day, evening or at the weekend to fit around family life. Those attending could either be referred by the court or self-refer if they choose to take a proactive approach to explore ways that may support them through the difficulties associated with being part of a separated family. The programme was run in small groups, ideally 6-10. The groups were a mixture of males, females, parents with whom the children live and parents with whom the children have contact. This allowed those attending to see another’s perspective without the emotional link with them. Separated family members would not attend the same group, this allows those attending to reflect on their own parenting and role as a separated parent without their ex- partner being present. By delivering the programme using dedicated trained staff the experience for those attending was professional, empathetic and challenging when needed.
Attendees learned what children needed most from them as members of the family, and to see the separation from the child’s point of view. Parents and family members learned the fundamental principles of how to manage conflict and difficulties between themselves and their ex –partners and how to apply these principles by planning and imagining positive management behaviours. They also became clear on what their children need most from them and were able to move forward with the reduced need for court intervention.