Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP)

The Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP) is a course which helps you understand how to put your children first while you are separating, even though you may be in dispute with your child’s other parent.

The course helps parents learn the fundamental principles of how to manage conflict and difficulties.

We deliver SPIPS across London: East, North, South, Central and West.

SPIPS are a 4 hour course which we deliver during the day and evenings in the week and also on Saturdays. Everyday of the week there is a SPIP somewhere in London. They are delivered by 2 qualified trainers.

Most people are referred to a SPIP via a court hearing and CAFCASS produce a referral which we are sent to book people onto a SPIP.

It is usual that both partner in a couple are referred to complete a SPIP. Participants don’t attend the same SPIP session as their ex-partner but there are considerable benefits when both partners get to hear the same content and both think about their behaviour.

Both trainers were fantastic, pitching the course just right and I learnt a huge amount during the course off just a few hours. I've got some good notes and tips about handling difficult situations with my ex and most importantly making sure the distress for our daughter is minimised. I couldn't recommend it highly enough everyone who has to co-parent (even if they are happily married) would benefit from some of the insights!

- SPIP participant

It is possible to apply to attend a SPIP without a referral - for example if you and your partner are considering separating or have recently separated and you have children who are going to be affected. For a private referral we need to complete a risk assessment by email or over the phone and there is a fee to attend the SPIP.

If you have any questions about attending a SPIP please email SPIPS@rcjadvice.org.uk or call us on 020 34755080.