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Help and Support for Separated Families Accreditation

James Thornton, Managing Partner of Paradigm Family Law, has successfully achieved accreditation and recognition by the Government’s Help and Support for Separated Families programme (HSSF).

The programme is designed to help separated families work together in the best interests of their children, as well as identifying gaps in the provision of support and test innovative interventions to bridge any such gaps.

The HSSF Mark provides reassurance to parents that when they use the services of an organisation with the Mark, they can trust it to help them collaborate with their ex-partner as they go through their separation journey.

By qualifying for the HSSF Mark, James has had to meet a set of standards which demonstrate that he promotes collaboration between parents and helps them to focus on the interests of their children.

The standards have four elements:

1. The organisation has a vision/ mission/strategic aim that includes the promotion of collaboration and reduction of conflict in the best interests of children

2. The organisation consistently demonstrates its commitment to the promotion of collaboration and reduction of conflict

3. The organisation is effective in the promotion of collaboration and reduction of conflict

4. The organisation’s service users/ clients/patients/callers/website visitors report positive, helpful, negative and unhelpful experiences that help the organisation redesign services to improve them

James said of his accreditation:

“I’m immensely proud to have achieved recognition under the Government’s scheme. The Help and Support for Separated Families programme is a very important initiative. Its aim is to help separating families find advisers with the expertise and skills to guide them and their children through tough times.”

“More than four million children live in separated families in Great Britain today. Every year over 600,000 parents separate. Studies show that children do better in life when there is a good relationship between the parents and an ongoing relationship with both parents.”

“It’s vitally important in cases where children are involved to put their welfare first. I always encourage parents to work together and put aside their own differences and to focus on their children’s needs. In my experience, this leads to much better long term outcomes for the family and extended family”.

If you or someone you know are going through a difficult time in a relationship and might benefit from speaking to us, please contact James in strictest confidence by email to [email protected] or call on 0845 6020422 to arrange a free initial consultation.