Separated parents to get more help

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Hundreds of separated parents in Angus are set to benefit from extra support to help them to work together for the sake of their children, the Government announced on April 10.

£1.5 million of new funding has been awarded to pioneering charity One Plus One to contribute towards coaching for parents in the area. The innovative and intensive programme is designed to work with parents early after separation and support them to collaborate in the interests of their children.

One Plus One will be working in partnership with Home Start and the Family Matters Institute, which will provide off-line support via telephone and face-to-face contact.

The award is part of a £6.5 million fund announced by ministers for creative and targeted help by seven organisations that will support over a quarter of a million separated parents in Britain. It is the first of two rounds of funding for innovative projects to help parents and is part of £20m dedicated to supporting separated families.

Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb, responsible for child maintenance, said: “We are working with the voluntary sector to try out new ideas and funding innovative projects to see what best helps parents - from all walks of life - to put their differences aside for the sake of the children. Overall, we are investing £20 million to support parents going through a separation to do the best for their children.”

50,000 people have already visited the government-funded web app ‘Sorting out Separation’. Launched in November last year as part of the wider programme of support for families, it is designed to help parents minimise the impact on their children where they have decided their only option is to part. A network of telephone services offering support with collaboration will also be available later this year.

Penny Mansfield, chief executive of One Plus One, said: “This project will help coach and support parents living in Angus through what can be one of the most challenging times of their lives.

“We’ll provide tailored assistance to help mums and dads overcome barriers and find sustainable and workable agreements for them and their children.”