Awarded HSSF mark for helping support separated families

Our family law experts, Kathryn Ferris and Sharn Nijjar have been awarded the new HSSF mark for their work in helping support separated families.

The ‘Help and Support for Separated Families' (HSSF)

The ‘Help and support for separated families’ (HSSF) mark is designed to help parents navigate the range of support available to them and choose, with confidence, a high-quality outlet to help.

The mark was awarded to Kathryn and Sharn as they meet a strict set of standards for promoting parents working together after a relationship breakdown.

A non-confrontational approach

Kathryn and Sharn have both undertaken an extensive training course leading to their qualification as Collaborative Family Lawyers. This allows them to offer their clients the benefits of this innovative approach, focusing on settling family disputes out of court.

They are both members of Resolution, an organisation promoting constructive and non-confrontational ways of resolving family law issues.

The HSSF mark recognises that with this experience and training, Kathryn and Sharn will actively work to reach settlements which focus on the best interests of the children.

Doing everything to help separating parents

Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:

“Breaking up can be difficult enough as it is. That is why we are doing everything that we can to help separated parents to find organisations that will best help them to reach successful arrangements for their children.

I am delighted to introduce this new mark, which will complement the millions of pounds we’re investing into support services for separated parents to do what’s right by their children.”

The government has already awarded funding to 7 voluntary and third-sector organisations to give around 280,000 separated families innovative and targeted help to collaborate in their children’s interests.

These include parenting classes for the hardest-to-reach teenage mums and dads as well as online counselling and coaching. It’s the first of 2 rounds of funding awards, as part of up to £20 million dedicated to supporting separated families.

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