FREE help for parents who aren't getting along

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A free project to improve parents’ relationships in Dorset, Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and Bristol

Do you have a child or children aged between 8 and 14? Do you find it hard to get on with your partner or your ex? Do you frequently argue or shout at each other? Or have you stopped even talking to each other?

If your are having trouble getting on with each other, our programme 'Support for Interparental Conflict' (SIPCo for short) could help.

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Who can apply to attend?

We are looking for parents who live in Dorset, BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) and Bristol who:

  • have a child aged 8-14
  • have conflict with their partner or co-parent
  • are willing to try something new to help reduce their conflict.

The aim is to improve your communication to help create better outcomes for your children and you. 

Whether you are separated or separating parents, parents in extended families, or any other group, this help is for you.

The support provided is suitable for straight parents and LGBTQ+ parents.

Referrals can be taken from both parents or from one parent.

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What kind of support will I get and how will that be decided?

The Youth Endowment Fund has funded two different types of support. It is providing free sessions to parents who sign up, because that helps them to look at the support's effectiveness and how parental help of this kind can be made the best it can be.

Parents need to contact their local service to be put forward for this free programme (see contact details below).

The help the parents receive will either be counselling sessions with a family therapist or special online resources and support to help reduce your level of conflict.

Which kind of help you get will be decided on a random basis. We expect each type of support (the counselling sessions and the online resources) to be helpful to parents who need to reduce their conflict.

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What do the sessions with a family therapist involve?

The sessions with a therapist take place online. They will work through issues with you and give you techniques you can apply to calm situations down and communicate better.

The type of help is called Mentalization-Based Therapy for Parents under Pressure (MBT-PP) and it is delivered by family therapy counsellors from Tavistock Relationships - an organisation with a long history of helping parents in this type of situation. 

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How will support through online resources be delivered?

If you receive this type of assistance, your local council will be providing you with online resources. You will be able to work through these at your own pace with the support of a locally trained practitioner.

The staff that you can contact will be people who regularly deal with the issues of families and their children.

How do I apply for this support?

If you want to find out more or be referred to your local service, you can speak directly to us at Tavistock Relationships.

Contact: Sarah Ingram
Tel: 020 7380 1960

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Or you can apply directly using the contact details below.

Dorset residents

Contact: Simone Kettle
Tel: 01305 224256

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Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) residents

Contact: Jessica Lanham
Tel: 01202 127553
Mob: 07423 782590

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Bristol residents

Contact: Gina Pazienza
Tel: 07721 635376

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Free online event for parents under pressure

Thursday 14 December, 7pm-8pm online on Zoom

We are hosting a free online event 'Surviving the Festive Season' to allow parents to find out more about how this project can help.

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This project is a collaboration between

and is funded by the Youth Endowment Fund.

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