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.

 

Cost

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

 

Registering

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

Schedule

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.