Splitting Up? Put Kids First - a new online service from the Parent Connection
Splitting Up? Put Kids First supports separating parents in helping them put their children’s needs first at a time of great emotional upheaval. It is important because the way that separated couples manage co-parenting, can have an enormous impact on a child throughout their life – from education in the short term, to future relationships and mental health in the long term.
The aim is to reduce the number of children negatively affected by painful parent separations whilst encouraging a culture shift in the way that people deal with co-parenting, to make the continued involvement of both parents the norm, and ensure that those working with separating families can provide the guidance and tools needed.
Created by theParentConnection’s parent company, relationship charity OnePlusOne, this is the first online Parenting Plan that helps couples communicate and make arrangements about who will be seeing their children in an informal yet structured environment. The service is FREE and available 24/7 and 365 days a year. No need to book an appointment or go on a waiting list before help is available.
OnePlusOne Director Penny Mansfield CBE, says: ‘If couples have a very nasty break-up they may find it impossible to work out arrangements for their children.
‘If we can encourage them to think about new childcare needs before it becomes too difficult, that will be much better for everyone.’
'Our hope is it will remove much of the bitterness involved in a break-up because you don’t have to make an appointment or go to a place where you have to define yourself in a certain way.'