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 your local office. All office contact numbers are listed in the course schedule beside their class listings.


Class schedule

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Who to contact

If you have questions about our PTS courses, call us your local Barnardos office (as per the course schedule) or send us a message.