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Are you worried that stress in your relationship is affecting your children? Parents as Partners is a supportive, welcoming and free 8 week group work course for parents who want to resolve issues that might be affecting their children’s wellbeing.

The service aims to:

  • Provide a safe space to think through difficulties.
  • Help with new, more constructive ways of resolving your differences.
  • Provide support from other parents in similar situations.


How it works

Both parents attend an 8 week course where they will partake in activities and discussions that will encourage them to explore issues around their parenting with other parents experiencing similar situations. The sessions are delivered by trained female and male co-workers and parents are supported by a Family Action caseworker outside of sessions. Parents as Partners also provide free childcare during sessions.

The course itself was developed and tested in the US by husband and wife psychologists Philip and Carolyn Cowan from the University of California, Berkley, Marsha Pruett from Smith College, and Kyle Pruett from Yale University. Through a grant from the DfE, Family Action and Tavistock Relationships have piloted the course in a number of London boroughs and are now rolling the sessions out to other areas of the country.

Who is the service for

The course is open to all parents over the age of 18 either living together or separated with at least one child under the age of 11. Currently courses operate in Hackney, Lewisham, Greenwich, Bromley, and Medway & North Kent.

How to access the service

To access a Parents as Partners course or make a referral please telephone 020 7241 7456
or email