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THE BENEFITS OF THE HANDOVER BOOK

  • It helps everyone involved to know what is happening and when.
  • It encourages children to have a voice and express their needs.
  • It encourages children to talk about their experiences in both homes.
  • It acts as a valuable reference to go back to.
  • It sets out practical decisions about the children: contact arrangements, education, health care, etc.
  • It can be completed in the outcome session (within the context of Child Inclusive Mediation)
  • the cost can be divided equally between parents.
  • It will enable you to update information as and when needed.
  • It will offer children the opportunity to see their parents working co-operatively together.
  • It will improve communication.
  • It will reduce the need for a discussion between parents at the point of handover and reduce the likelihood of conflict.
  • It supports a successful mediation outcome thus reducing the necessity to go through the family courts.
  • It helps everyone involved to know what is happening and when.
  • It encourages children to have a voice and express their needs.
  • It encourages children to talk about their experiences in both homes.
  • It acts as a valuable reference to go back to.
  • It sets out practical decisions about the children: contact arrangements, education, health care, etc.
  • It can be completed in the outcome session.
  • the cost divided equally between parents.
  • It is continuously updated as the child’s needs change.
  • It will offer children the opportunity to see their parents working co-operatively together.
  • It will improve communication.
  • It will take questions out of the handover and children will experience less conflict.
  • It supports a successful mediation outcome thus reducing the necessity to go through the family courts.
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”  Children can find conflict between their separated parents to be very distressing. That’s why we have designed this handover book for you so that the likelihood of disagreements between you both, now that you are not living together any more, will be much less likely. It will allow you both to always be aware of what is happening in your children’s busy lives as they go from one household to another. It’s a way of communicating the important things you both need to know about your children, while keeping your relationship as parents friendly and calm. ”   – The Handover Book

A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ashley and Leigh are qualified Psychotherapists, Child and Family Consultants and Family Mediators. They have a wealth of experience when it comes to working with separated families in the public and private sector.

Over the years they have helped many families to build their own handover books. Realizing that this was a big task when families already have so much to think about they decided to build a ready-to-go Handover Book.

This book has been designed to ensure that both parents will always be aware of what is happening in their children’s busy lives. It’s a way of communicating the important things in a non-blaming, non-critical and constructive way.

Ashley

Ashley is a Psychotherapist, Family Law Consultant and an accredited Family Mediator who specialises in Child Inclusive Mediation.  Growing up in a home that was surrounded by family conflict has given Ashley a passion for helping parents to find better ways to separate. Ashley divides her time between Hampshire and Central London.

Leigh

Leigh is regularly instructed as an expert witness within the context of the Family Courts and has a special interest in creating positive outcomes for parents and their children following separation and divorce. Originally from London, Leigh now lives beside the sea in Poole, Dorset with her husband and son.

TESTIMONIALS

“An excellent book for private law family matters. This book provides child focused, expert guidance and helps facilitate communication in key areas where tension, misunderstanding and conflict often occur. The Handover Book is being regularly referred to in a court by judges and practitioners in order to provide part of a formula to assist parties moving forward”.

Judy Earle, 3PB Barristers

The great thing about this book is that it very cleverly helps the parents to relate more amicably with each other. It’s subtle and implicitly brings a child focus that will improve the lives of children in separated families.

Bill Hewlett, Civilised Separations

” Every separated parent should have this book. It takes the sting out of handovers and addresses every issue that me and my ex-partner used to argue about. ”

Mr Alliwell

” The Handover Book provides valuable insights and strategies in building emotional literacy. This book enables parents to promote self regulation, understanding and communication. ”

Marianne Frearson, Occupational Therapist and Sensory Integration Practitioner

” This book offers a range of useful tools that parents as well as practitioners can use in practice to assess safe contact arrangements and ensures that the voice of the child is paramount. ”

Lucie Morris, Social Worker: Safeguarding Assessment Team. A leading London Borough

” We have only just started using this book and I can’t believe the difference it has already made. It was our third session in mediation and we completed the whole lot. My son loves it and I know so much more about his routines that I never felt able to ask before. Excellent. ”

Allan, A separated dad
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