Important Covid-19 Update

Parenting Through Separation is following Ministry guidelines under Alert Level 1.  If there are any changes to our programme schedule you will be contacted before your course commences.  If you are unwell then please advise us and do not attend the course. If you are wanting to register for one of our upcoming classes, you can continue to do this by calling or emailing your local office. Kia Kaha.

Support through separation

Parenting through Separation (PTS) is a free course for parents who are currently separating or have recently separated. It can also help grandparents and other family members/whānau who have responsibilities around a child's care.

A PTS course is a good first step for carers who want to do the best for their children during a difficult time.

It focuses on:

  • understanding how separation affects children and how to talk to them about it
  • why it's important to keep children away from conflict and how to do this
  • how to discuss child care arrangements amicably
  • making a plan for ongoing parenting and care.

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Course locations

Each year, we run 250 courses — helping around 1,600 people support children through a time of change. Each course runs for a total of 4 hours.

We currently offer classes in

  • Auckland
  • Waikato
  • Gisborne
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • Marlborough
  • Blenheim
  • Nelson
  • Tasman
  • Christchurch
  • Invercargill
  • Gore

If we don't offer classes in your region, check the Ministry of Justice website for a provider close to you.



All PTS courses are free. The Ministry of Justice funds them for any legal guardian supporting a child through parental separation.



If you'd like to attend one of our classes, call or email your local office.  

If you’d like to register for a PTS course in Auckland, email so we can email you our available dates and a registration form to complete. 



Here is our latest schedule.


More information

If you have questions about our PTS courses, call your local Barnardos office or send us a message.

If you are based in Auckland, please contact our Auckland Central office.


Phone: 09-625 3600