MediationMK delivers the SPIP for Cafcass in Northampton in partnership with Relate Coventry and Warwickshire. This programme -also called a course-is available to people who have been ordered by the court to attend and to couples-not going through the court-who are able to pay privately to go on the course.
Those ordered by the court to attend will have the cost of the course paid for but those who pay for themselves will be offered the course at half the set cost.
The four-hour programme is a one-off session delivered to a mixed group of parents. Separated couples will not attend a course together on the same day..
MediationMK believes that any parent who is either thinking they will take court action or have already resorted to it to resolve difficulties over their children, would benefit from this programme. It helps focus the parents minds on the children, on the positive aspects of their relationship with their child so they can help them adjust to the change and feel less anxious. It also helps parents set aside their own feelings and concentrate on their children’s needs. The course gives tips on how parents can manage their own reactions better and to set out a structure in which, although they are apart, they work together for their children.
If you have already made an application to court or you are responding to one, our partner Relate Coventry and MediationMK are keen to have as many parents as possible referred to go on a SPIP course at the first hearing. If your case is already in court you will first need to contact our SPIP partner Relate Coventry. If you live in the Northamptonshire area they will send your referral through to us to arrange for you to attend a course near you. We will get in touch with you to make those arrangements.
Relate Coventry’s contact details are: SPIP@relatecoventry.org OR call or text 07741 293685
If you have not gone to court and live in the Northampton/ Milton Keynes area and would like to go on a course please contact SPIP@mediationMK.org.uk OR call or text 07379 709285