Family Ties - Online Therapy for Parents in Conflict

Parental conflict and separation are stressful experiences for the whole family, and for some conflict has intensified as a result of stresses associated with the pandemic and lockdown conditions. Often children are unintentionally caught up in arguments and disagreements between their parents, especially when these extend over a long period of time. Some children’s relationship with a parent is negatively affected as a result of parental conflict.

The AFNCCF has a team that specialises in supporting families to protect children from parental conflict. We offer a range of interventions dependent on the family’s circumstances. Family Ties remote program provides remote support for families who do not require intensive intervention but wish to better protect children from parental conflict.  

The Family Ties Online Therapy builds on the same principles of the No Kids In the Middle multi-family therapy group (more information here), but is adapted for families to access virtually on an individual basis.  This service aims to help children who are being adversely affected by their parents’ high conflict relationship. Parental conflict may or may not be a result of/exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, associated stressors, and lockdown conditions. The parents may be together or separated.

The intervention focuses on the child’s experience and supports children by working with their parents and their parents support network, to:

  • Minimize the negative impact of conflict on their child(ren) 
  • Gain further understanding of their conflict and stressors (including understanding and managing different cultural expectations) in order to find more effective ways to co-parent 
  • Build coping strategies in order to help them manage the stress associated with conflict, further reducing the impact of conflict on the child
  • Reduce anxiety and loyalty conflicts for the child 
  • Protect the child against the possibility of their relationship with one parent breaking down as a result of parental conflict

This intervention is held by our specialist Contact and Residence Dispute team who have many years’ experience of working with families where there are high levels of conflict among parents.

Making a referral

Due to funding requirements, we have a very limited number of places available in this intervention at no cost. Places will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

We accept referrals to this programme directly from parents, or through a third party such as healthcare professionals, social workers or GPS. In order to make a referral, the following criteria must be met:

  • There is a need for support to reduce the impact of parental conflict on child(ren) (children can be any age)
  • There is no ongoing domestic abuse or parental substance abuse or child protection concerns/ investigations (this is because we are unable to provide sufficient safeguarding monitoring in such situations via remote intervention)
  • There are no ongoing proceedings in the family courts (families in ongoing proceedings usually require a more intensive intervention)
  • If it is the case that the parents are separated, both parents have contact with the child(ren) (where contact with one parent has broken down completely a more intensive intervention is usually required)
  • Parents accessing the programme can be together or separated/ divorced
  • There is no current domestic abuse  

To make a referral, please click on one of the links below to complete an enquiry form:

I would like to refer myself to this programme

I would like to refer someone else to this programme