Shared Parenting debate in the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament is holding a Member’s Debate on a motion about our work and the New Ways For Families training programme on Tuesday 10th January after the Decision Time at 5pm.  The Motion was raised by Fulton MacGregor MSP and has been supported by MSPs from all political parties.

It reads:

“That the Parliament notes what it sees as the importance of the involvement of both parents when bringing up a child; asserts that every child of separated parents deserves the love and support of both of their parents; believes in the need for parents to co-operate where appropriate; understands that research has shown that there is a lack of support for children of separated parents; considers that parents, including in the Coatbridge and Chryston constituency, may need help to make important decisions about sharing the care of their children; acknowledges the view that there is a need for public policy to recognise these challenges; praises Shared Parenting Scotland for piloting the New Ways for Families programme; recognises that the online programme focuses on the key skills of emotion management, flexible thinking and behaviour moderation; applauds the ethos of the programme, which, it considers, puts children first, as well as focusing on improving co-parenting and making decisions together out of court; notes reports that a similar programme introduced in Canada saw a significant increase in parenting co-operation upon completion, and congratulates Shared Parenting Scotland for securing £16,500 worth of funding from the Scottish Government, The National Lottery, and an anonymous trust in order to deliver the programme.”

The debate can be viewed live on Scottish Parliament TV or viewed from the gallery of the Parliament,