Sorting out Separation

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.

Splitting Up Putting Kids First

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.

Contact Centres

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

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

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 run local groups all over the country - see more here.

Grandparents Plus

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

Kids Come First

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

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.

Got a Teenager

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.


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.

Parenting Experts


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.

Sue Atkins

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!

Christina McGhee

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

Voices in the MIddle

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 Kids Space

A Kidspace is a unique programme that supports children and young people through their parents separation.

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