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SPIP: Everything you need to know

  1. What is it?

SPIP stands for Separated Parents Information Programme. A Court can order the parties to attend this course and Cafcass will advise the Court whether this course is suitable for the parties.

SPIP’s are run by skilled, trained and experienced organisations.

The programme is designed to help parties understand the importance of putting their child first whilst separating and to understand a child’s needs during this difficult time. Parties can become embroiled in a dispute which means that sometimes it can take a parent’s focus away from their child. It will also assist you with managing the level of conflict and encourage agreements between you and your ex-partner to be made outside of the court arena. You will also consider the effects of becoming a separated parent on both the parties and the children. The course will explore methods of communication which will assist and develop co-parenting skills.

  1. How long does the course last?

You can either attend a 4 hour group session or two 2 hour group sessions. There will be around 8-10 people in one session which will be made up of both mothers and fathers. You must attend the entire session.

  1. Do I have to attend with my ex-partner?

This is our most frequently asked question and no, you do not need to attend with your ex-partner, although it is important that both parents attend a SPIP. The programme is designed to be informative rather than a mediation-type session.

  1. Is there a cost?

SPIP’s are free to attend if they have been ordered by the Court. You can find your local provider online.


If you wish to discuss this further, please contact Lynn Gooch on 020 8502 3991 for more information.