The Help and Support for Separated Families (HSSF) Mark is awarded to individuals and organisations which can demonstrate that their services support parents to work together to resolve disputes (where it’s appropriate and safe to do so) and help them focus on the interest of their children.
In 2015, the Ministry of Justice setup the Voice of the Child Task Force which concluded the need for “an authoritative website and online tools developed in collaboration with young people… for all children and young people at all stages of their parental separation journey”. We are answering this call.
Lots of Content Age appropriate content for 13-19 year olds on what is going on, ways in which they can share their voice and support for their health and wellbeing.
Interactive Support: Friendly discussion boards with peer and expert support from our moderators and Service Partners. Directory of local youth organisations to find someone to talk to nearby.
Useful Resources: Guides for parents and family law & mediation organisations on supporting children and young people in the middle of divorce & separation.
Resolution’s 6,500 members are family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Our members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Our members encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family – and in particular the best interests of children.
They offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. With over 20,000 volunteers based in 201 branches across 5 nations, they are actively involved in a community near you.
OnePlusOne is all about helping people to build stronger relationships. They do this by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need, so that couples, parents and children can be happier, healthier and more successful. Their resources are always evidence-based, and what makes them unique is their research & innovation process.
Gingerbread are the leading national charity working with single parent families They want to improve single parents’ lives, through championing the voices and needs of single parent families and providing effective support services. They provide a wide range of support services and information and use their campaigns, research, and policy work to help amplify the voices and concerns of single parent families to a wider audience.
Cafcass stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.
Cafcass represents children in family court cases in England. They put children’s needs, wishes and feelings first, making sure that children’s voices are heard at the heart of the family court setting, and that decisions are made in their best interests. They operate within the law set by Parliament (Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000) and under the rules and directions of the family courts. They are independent of the courts, social services, education and health authorities and all similar agencies.
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. Over six thousand volunteers and two thousand staff work in these centres and thousands of children use them each year. They are run by a variety of independent organisations that form the membership of NACCC, along with affiliated members such as family lawyers, CAFCASS, CAFCASS CYMRU and the judiciary.