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Supporting Children After Separation

Supporting Children After Separation offers short term individual counselling sessions and group sessions to children and young people. The counselling helps children and young people to explore their feelings about their parents' separation. 

What is Supporting Children After Separation?

Supporting Children After Separation is for children over five years of age, and young people up to 18 years of age who have parents going through a separation or have already separated.

We help children and young people to:

  • Adjust to the changes that arise from separation
  • Identify and express their feelings and thoughts about the separation
  • Develop and enhance family relationships in what can be a difficult time
  • Gain life skills and social skills to enable them to face current and future challenges in their relationships and lives

After the initial individual session, the child or young person is given the option of moving into a group program. Some children and young people may not require individual counselling and can instead transition straight into the group program.

How the service helps

The group sessions are age appropriate and facilitated by experienced counsellors and provide emotional and psychological support for children and young people experiencing family separation.

The groups assist participants to develop emotional awareness and coping skills in a supportive environment. Having the opportunity to talk with others who have similar issues helps children and young people to normalise experiences, decrease feelings of isolation and increase understanding about what is happening within their family.

We also provide workshops for children during the school holiday periods.

Topics covered may include:

  • Self-esteem
  • Anger management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Managing stress and strong emotions
  • Transitions and managing change

All services of Supporting Children After Separation are free of charge.

How can the service be accessed?

Parents who are interested in supporting their children to attend Supporting Children After Separation can call 1300 11 44 46 to make an appointment for themselves with a practitioner.

At this appointment, the parent has the opportunity to discuss their family situation prior to their children being seen. We contact both parents to ensure the family is receiving the appropriate support from the service. 

Locations

Resources

• Download booklet

• Download information sheet

• Download brochure

Feeling lost?

Anglicare WA offers a wide range of services and with more than 70 service locations across WA, we’re never too far away.

If you’re not sure where to go, call us on 1300 11 44 46.