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Relationship courses


Hertfordshire parents can access 3 online resources that have been developed by OnePlusOne to help parents understand the impact of arguments on children. Parents can learn techniques to communicate better, handle stress and manage conflict more constructively.

The online courses can be completed at your own pace independently or with support from staff at your local Family Centre. Take a look at the flyer below for more information about the 3 courses aimed at all parents, new parents and parents that are separated. Or use the link to sign up for your free account to access the courses by selecting Hertfordshire.


Parenting When Separated

This is a 6 week course for parents who are preparing for, going through or have gone through a separation or divorce. Highlighting practical steps parents can take to help their children cope and thrive, as well as coping successfully themselves. 

Who should attend
The course is free to attend and is open to separated parents from all backgrounds. Both mothers and fathers, resident and non-resident parents are welcome to attend this course. Both parents of the same children are welcome to attend though we recommend you attend separate groups. 

Course details
The course consists of 6 group sessions for up to 12 parents and each session will last 2 hours 30 minutes, with a 15 minute break. We will meet all parents for an individual introductory meeting prior to the group starting to discuss your goals for the course.

How to register
You can be referred by a professional or you can self refer online.

Referrals will be used to create a mixed group of up to 12 parents. We'll provide further course details once you've been referred or registered online.


Stronger Relationships course

The experienced Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities parenting team at Race Equality Foundation have created an inclusive free 'Stronger Relationships' 6 week online programme for co-parents who are living together or apart, with extended family or in blended families. The programme includes online expert-led group discussions scheduled at times to suit families' needs together with online learning which can be accessed at any time.

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Family Lives

Family Lives have developed 2 courses aimed at parents of children with SEN (regardless of diagnosis) who are seeking guidance, support, and practical strategies to navigate the unique challenges of raising a neurodiverse child.

Parenting SEN Children When Separated

A 6-session online programme, specifically tailored to help separated parents navigate the complexities of co-parenting and provide the best possible support for their SEND child.

This is a valuable opportunity to enhance co-parenting skills, support children’s development and build a strong foundation for the future. See course dates (PDF 178KB)

Within My Reach

An 8-session online programme designed specifically for parents living together or apart, who are facing conflicts and struggling to find common ground in raising their neurodiverse child.

This unique opportunity will help enhance relationships, strengthen parenting skills and create a more harmonious home environment. See course dates (PDF 648KB)


To make a referral or to find out more about either SEN course, get in touch:


Call: 0204 522 8700 or 0204 522 8699 




Parents and family support
Find more courses and information available to help support you as a parent.



Serious conflict?

Conflict within a relationship is different from domestic abuse. This is because there is not an imbalance of power, neither parent seeks to control the other, and neither parent is fearful of the other.

Herts Sunflower can help if there's more serious conflict in your relationship, like controlling or abusive behaviour.

Money and debt advice

The cost of living crisis may mean more families are facing financial worries. Find out what support you can get with the cost of living.

The relationship experts at OnePlusOne are offering residents in Hertfordshire access to free advice about debt and relationships.

Further support

Talk to a professional you already know or contact your:

They can refer you to other relationship support programmes.

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