Positive parenting

We want to help you to be the best parent you can be.

We know that it’s not easy trying to make family life work, and that many families need a little help now and then. That’s why Family Works offers a free, professional service that works alongside children and their families to strengthen relationships and address issues like violence and conflict.

What do you need?

Living in a blended family?

Step-families are complex and can be stressful for everyone. We can help you understand how your unique family works and provide you will the skills to create a positive environment at home.

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Sorting childcare arrangements with your ex-partner?

Need help working out the day-to-day arrangements for your children when you’ve separated? We can help you stay out of the courts and decide what’s best for your children, through our family dispute resolution process.

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Separating and worried about the kids?

Separating from your partner is stressful but even more so when children are involved. Learn how separation impacts your children with our Parenting through Separation programme and let us help you to a make difficult process a little easier for you, your partner and your children.

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Dealing with an abusive relationship?

Violence in intimate relationships is never OK. We can help you regain your confidence and self-esteem so you can make positive choices for yourself and your children.

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Children aged 3-8?

Need help understanding why your child behaves the way they do? Learn about your child’s development and how to build a healthy relationship with them through our parenting programme.

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Parenting a baby or toddler?

Need help understanding why your child behaves the way they do? Learn about your child’s development and how to build a healthy relationship with them through our parenting programme.

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Read how we've helped Marci’s story

Marci first contacted the Family Works Resolution Service when she wanted to alter the child care arrangements she and her ex-husband had in place.

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