Parents attend one three-hour group. Groups are generally run in pairs, with one during the day and one in the evening, to give both parents the chance to go to different groups at around about the same time.
Parents who have separated generally choose to go to different groups.
Yes, we try to make sure that the groups are mixed so that a range of views are included. Families Need Fathers Scotland is working with us in Glasgow to promote the sessions to fathers specifically.
There will be opportunities for discussion and to hear how other parents are managing their separation, but it is up to you what or how much you say. Everyone who attends is asked to treat the session as confidential.
Parenting Apart groups are run by people who have been specially trained for this work. They are either experienced family mediators or have had other experience in working with separating families. The content and structure of the groups has been developed by Relationships Scotland with input from a variety of sources including similar groups in other countries.
There is a lot of good information out there, but by coming along to the group, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear from other separated parents. You will appreciate other perspectives, and particularly how it is from the children’s point of view.
At a Parenting Apart group, you can get information and hear from other people. In mediation, you and your ex-partner meet with a mediator to talk about your situation and agree how you want to go forward. Many parents find that after attending a Parenting Apart group they have a better understanding of what their children need and they can then work out their plans for the future better with their ex-partner in mediation.
Costs vary, so you are best to contact your local service
. If there is a charge, a subsidy towards the cost may be available.
No, just come along willing to listen and we’ll provide the rest.
The pack that you get at the group includes suggestions for sources of further help. You may want to ask about the mediation service.
Yes, you will almost certainly hear something useful. You could also contact Families Need Fathers Scotland to see what support they can offer. They offer help to both mums and dads who are separated and not seeing their children.
At the moment, groups are being run in Glasgow and Hamilton. Contact these local services
to book a place at the next available group.