Delight at success of support project

Carole Goodman of CAFCASS, Simon Dakers of Gordon Brown Law Firm and Hazel Hedley who heads up S4SP.

Carole Goodman of CAFCASS, Simon Dakers of Gordon Brown Law Firm and Hazel Hedley who heads up S4SP.

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Professionals with an interest in family law have been celebrating the success of a north east pilot project.

Supported 4 Separated Parents (S4SP) was launched across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear less than a year ago but has now one of five national pilots commissioned by the Ministry of Justice in a new package of support.

And to celebrate and showcase the work the helpline has been doing in the nine months since launched, more than 70 professionals attended an event at The Baltic.

The event was attended by a mix of professionals from the private, public and voluntary sector, all focused on helping parents and children in times of family crisis.

Hazel Hedley, who heads up the S4SP helpline, said: “Separating couples will now be helped by a new £2m package of support aimed at avoiding expensive and confrontational courtroom battles.

“S4SP has been working towards this goal since early 2014, when it was set up to sign post parents to other services available that would help them avoid court.

“The event celebrated S4SP becoming part of a national initiative.”

HHJ Rachel Hudson said: “The new legislations are being put in place to ensure that when people separate that they do it in the best possible way.

“It is important that more people resolve their problems outside of the courts and I was pleased to attend and show my support to S4SP and the room of professionals trying to achieve just that.”

For further information please contact S4SP on 0333 2000777.