Supporting kids through separation
Parental separation can be distressing and overwhelming for kids. The Anchor helps with the emotional issues a breakup can cause.
The program offers children and young people their own counsellor to make sure they get the best support possible when their parents separate, allowing them to:
- Reduce distress.
- Improve communication with their parents.
- Learn skills to manage emotions.
- Have a voice in decision making.
The Anchor also offers fun and friendly therapeutic groups where children and young people can meet kids of the same age with similar experiences.
Parents have the opportunity to discover what their children are learning in their groups and may attend a group or seminar of their own or speak with one of our counsellors.
The Anchor offers assistance in the community
- By holding information sessions for professionals to recognise and refer children who might need support.
- Providing seminars for parents about the impact of separation and conflict on children.
- Running therapeutic groups for children and young people in schools.
When parents don’t agree about parenting arrangements and are in mediation it is important to meet with children and offer a safe place for them to voice their experience. The Anchor gives children an opportunity to let parents know what is most important for them especially when the conflict has affected relationships.
- Reflection and meditation for children - mindfulness training to help your child get through stressful times.
- Feelings Chart (pdf) - can help children express and describe their feelings.
- Indicators of distress in children and adolescents (pdf) - children (and adolescents) may try to conceal their distress over your break-up, but they will show physical signs.
- Keeping kids out of conflict (pdf) - kids will try to stop conflict between parents, but parents should be managing this and protecting kids from conflict.
- How to talk to kids about separation (pdf) - a guide to help you discuss why you are separating.
- Living between two homes (pdf) - 50:50 custody arrangements are not unusual, but they can be hard for children to cope with.
Get in touch
Our customer service team is available from Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 6.00pm AEST.
On Good Friday (19 April), Easter Monday (22 April) and ANZAC Day (25 April) our Customer Service Centre will be open from 10am to 2pm.
Or contact one of our counselling offices.
Campbelltown (including Campbelltown Family Relationship Centre)
(02) 4629 7000(02) 4629 7000
Email Uniting Counselling and Mediation Campbelltown
(02) 8830 0700(02) 8830 0700
Email Uniting Counselling and Mediation Parramatta
Wollongong (including Wollongong Family Relationship Centre)
(02) 4220 1100(02) 4220 1100
Email Uniting Counselling and Mediation Wollongong