Separated Parents Information Programmes (SPIPs) explained
During separation proceedings you may have heard the mention of a Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP), or you may have been told to attend a SPIP by the court.
In this article we will explain the basics of what a SPIP is and what you can expect from attending one.
What is a SPIP?
A SPIP is a four hour programme especially for separated parents which looks at the emotional and parenting aspects of separation. It isn’t a ‘parenting’ course, instead it concentrates on co-parenting after separation and the needs of children.
You can be ordered to attend a SPIP by court but SPIP is also available to parents who are not in court and who are wanting help to sort out arrangements for themselves.
What does the programme involve?
The programme is designed to help parents learn more about the challenges of post-separation parenting, including the effects on children of ongoing conflict. It also aims to provide advice and support about how best to help children in this situation. A major aim is to encourage parents to take steps towards their own solutions as it is often better to reach agreement away from the court. With lots of ideas and tips, most parents that go on the course say they find it very helpful.
Do I need to go with my ex?
Parents do not attend the same course together. There is usually a mix of mums, dads and sometimes grandparents. One of the most valuable things people take away is the experience of talking to other parents in a similar situation to themselves.
You can be ordered to attend a SPIP by court but SPIP is also available to parents who are not in court and who are wanting help to sort out arrangements for themselves. To find a course in your area go to
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