Resources that you might find useful

There are a lot of tools and resources that you might find useful.  We would welcome your comments as to whether these could be recommended to others.

 

More than a million children have no contact whatsoever with one or other parent after separation. Unfortunately some children experience behavioural issues including antisocial behaviour, distress, unhappiness, and both physical and emotional problems. The NACCC is the only charity in the UK dedicated to solving this problem, by providing safe spaces where children can meet the parents they don’t live with. We oversee around 350 contact centres across the UK, run by a network of nearly 4000 volunteers. Our #lostparents campaign aims to raise awareness of the work centres do in keeping children in touch with parents.

Use the link to find out more

http://www.naccc.org.uk

 

The Co-Parent Hub was created by partners in the Family Justice System and some charities (Cafcass, Ministry of Justice, OnePlusOne) in order to provide you with online tools to help you during and after your separation and in making arrangements for your child.

There are a number of articles, videos, programmes and interactive resources you can access through the Co-Parent Hub. Hopefully, they will help you learn more about the options available to you, and offer you the opportunity to learn skills that will help you in your role as a co-parent.

Follow the link below to find out more

https://www.cafcass.clickrelationships.org/

 

We are the Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB). We are a group of over 50 children and young people aged between seven and 25 years old who live across England and Wales. All of our members have either had direct experience of the family justice system or have an interest in children’s rights and the family courts.

Our overall aim is to support the work of the Family Justice Board which is to deliver improvements to the family justice system so that it provides the best result for children who come into contact with it.

We work hard to help ensure that the work of the Family Justice Board is child-centred and child-inclusive. We do this by participating in all its meetings to enable young people to have a direct say in its work. In doing this we work closely with other young people’s groups and stakeholders within family justice.

https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/family-justice-young-peoples-board/

The FJYPB have produced a series of ‘Top Tips’ to help both parents and professionals.

 

Keeping the whole family in the loop

Parents, children, grandparents, and other family members can all use OurFamilyWizard as their central platform to connect and share their most important family information within one a secure space.

Use these links to download  OurFamilyWizard.co.uk resources: 

 

Every year, thousands of people in the UK face court alone. Without help, they have to represent themselves while they go through a divorce, seek custody of their children, or face eviction from their home. They are forced to navigate a complex legal system alone, often against the professional legal representation of the other party.

The increase in cuts to legal aid over recent years has meant that thousands more people face the civil or family courts alone. Their access to justice is limited by how overwhelming the legal system can be to those who have never faced it before, and many struggle to represent themselves effectively in court.

Our 750 volunteers provide a free service across England and Wales, offering support and guidance before, during, and after court. We ensure that those facing court alone feel prepared and supported in accessing justice

Supportthroughcourt.org

Or download their leaflet

 

We help families in conflict, especially those divorcing or separating.

Family mediation is quicker and more cost-effective than heading to court. It reduces conflict, and your family stays in control of arrangements over children, property and finance.

We work right across England and Wales and have over 30 years’ experience providing expert, professional family mediation services.

nfm.org

 

The Millside Centre in Bradford provide a number of activities to support the community.  Although working remotely at the present time, a list of their current provision is available on the following link:

 

Millside Centre

 

There is helpful advice and information on the CAFCASS website, including links to the Parenting Plan in French, Gujarati, Urdu, Punjabi, Polish and        Lithuanian.

http://www.cafcass.gov.uk

https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/grown-ups/parents-and-carers/resources-parents-carers/

 

Help with Child Arrangements

Use this guide if you need to make or change child arrangements (also known as contact, access or custody) with the other parent.  For example, you may need to decide where your children will live or re-arrange the times they see you.

https://helpwithchildarrangements.service.justice.gov.uk/

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  • The majority of people who have attended are happy they came and say that they felt it was helpful. Here are some quotes from people who have previously attended the course:

    I found the atmosphere at Families Forward warm and welcoming. All the staff worked sensitively and helped contact move on to where me and my ex partner have put our differences aside and we know make our own arrangements for contact. I recommend Families Forward to any parent who finds it difficult to see their children no matter how hard it may seem.

    The biggest thank you ever for everything that you have done. You knew what to sat ay the right time. I have been guided and kept sane at times and learnt to take focus. You are all a credit to the Centre.

    The service is amazing and I can’t tell you how much it helped me. Only wish you had a greater influence in Court

    I was very happy with Families Forward. My worker was great with my child