What is Shared Parenting?
Shared parenting takes a flexible, child-centred approach where the child’s welfare and wellbeing are central to parenting.
There is increasing evidence that in many cases it can provide a healthy and supportive environment to bring up children after separation
What is this funding?
We are seeking funding to train coaches who will provide support to people who are using the New Ways for Families® online training programme.
The course is organised as such:
- Individual coaching session at the start
- A coaching session in the middle of a 12 module programme
- A coaching session at the end of the training
The training teaches parents simple skills like:
- Managing conflicts
- Negotiating decisions
- Promote respectful communication
- Manage their stress
- Co-parent more effectively
But coaching is the essential part of the process to personalise the training and make sure people are actually taking in information, not just watching.
As well as paying for the training of coaches, this funding will help us put a number of Scottish parents through the course and evaluating their progress. We will also be making modifications to the training to make it more effective in Scotland.
The training was developed by the High Conflict Insitute in the USA. It has been used by parents in the USA, Canada, and Australia. This is the first time it will be used in the UK.
A 5 year study by Medicine Hat Family Service in Canada showed that this training could improve the quality of life for both parents and children, and reduce the use of court as a way of resolving family disputes. A Social Return on Investment analysis showed that for every dollar invested in the training, there was a return of $8.95 in social value.