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Children living in separated family situations fare best when their relationship with each of their parents continues to be close. Putting Children First helps mothers and fathers unlock and resolve the conflict around contact with children that can arise during and after separation. Using strategies such as parenting plans, scripted phone calls and parenting meetings, the book will enable parents to communicate effectively on all the most important things in their children’s lives – and make relaxed arrangements for the continued involvement by both parents with their children.


When the authors of a book have been through the scenario and actually run a centre for Separated Families, you know you can trust the content and benefit from the knowledge shared. With family separations being part of today's society, it is important t
From Bump to Grump
The book is clearly set out and the chapters logically and thoroughly explore all the issues that might arise before reaching a conclusion with sound advice on each topic
Parenting Without Tears
So many people who are attempting to cope with family separation need help. The Centre for Separated Families offers a wide ranging, imaginative series of programmes, run by people with just the right level of expertise.
Professor Judy Dunn, Institute of Psychiatry, London
Putting Children First: a handbook for separated parents by Karen and Nick Woodall (Piatkus Books, 2007) is, quite simply, the best book on separation that we have ever read. Both the authors work at the Centre for Separated Families and have a wealth of
Fatherhood Institute