For Families

HRP Hartlepool > For Families

Support for Families

We are working to make sure parents who are going through difficult times in their relationships know they are not alone and that there is help available.

Through our campaigns, online resources and our work with the community we aim to get people talking about the ups and downs of relationships that we all experience and help people to get support or advice that could make a difference to them and their family.

Relationship problems are common and there is help available in Hartlepool if you need it. You might want to start by looking at your options and deciding which is best for you and what you will feel most comfortable with. You can get in touch with the organisations over the phone or online and take the opportunity to ask questions about what they offer and how it could work for you and your family.

In Hartlepool support aimed at helping parental relationships is delivered by Changing Futures North East, Tees Valley Mediation, Relate and members of our Family Relationship Network as well as the Parents as Partners programme.

Some organisations, such as Relate and One Plus One offer support over the phone or through online chat services.


Click here to read our guide on what’s on offer for parents looking to improve their relationship

Separating can be a difficult time for all members of the family, especially when there are children involved. Explaining what’s happening to your children can be hard. There’s lots of resources available online that can help you think about how you might talk to children about this as well as books you can read with your child.

Click here to read our guide on where to go for advice.

If you need further support you can also visit our section on this page ‘Where can I go for relationship support in Hartlepool?

Having strong relationships can be a big source of support that can help us to deal with lifes ups and downs. It’s also important for children to see their parents have a positive relationship with good communication and little conflict, whether parents are together or not.

Click here to read our top tips for strengthening relationships.

Communication is really important in all our relationships because it’s how we connect with each other. Poor communication can put a lot of stress on a relationship and if people can’t express how they feel to the other person it can leave them feeling like they’re not being listened to or understood.

Positive communication can help you to find what you have in common and move forward. Click here to read our guide to communicating better.

For some people an outside perspective, from someone neither of you know like a counsellor, might be the best option. Find out what’s available by looking at the ‘Where can I go for support in Hartlepool’ section of this page

Arguing is normal in all relationships but constant arguing can be a sign that disagreements aren’t being solved in the best way.

It’s good to be able to confidently share your views with each other, even if those views are different, but it’s important that you can get through the issues in a positive way, by listening to and respecting each other. Constant unhealthy arguments can put a strain on your relationship and your family.

Click here to read our guide and find out about the unhealthy ways of arguing and how to move forward.

Agreeing practical arrangements for children after a separation can be difficult; thinking about these agreements can often feel impossible, especially when there is still a lot of ongoing conflict. If you and your ex-partner can’t agree about the arrangements for your children after your separation click here to read our guide of top things to keep in mind.

For some people an outside perspective, from someone neither of you know, might be the best option to help parents come to an agreement and support the family through a difficult time.  If you would like more information on where you can go in Hartlepool for support with your relationship or to help you after a separation or divorce, find out what’s available by looking at the ‘Where can I go for support in Hartlepool’ section of this page.

How Families Feel

Parents as Partners

Parents as Partners is a supportive, welcoming and free group for parents who want to resolve issues that might be affecting their children’s wellbeing. Delivered jointly by Changing Futures North East, Hartlepool Borough Council, Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre, in partnership with Tavistock Relationships.


Are you worried that stress in your relationship is affecting your children?

This free 16 week course will give you:

• A safe space to think through difficulties
• New, more constructive ways of resolving your differences
• Support from other parents in similar situations 

This course is for parents who:

• Are either living together or separated
• Have at least one child under the age of 11
• Are over the age of 18

Contact us

For more information about the Parents as Partners Programme please contact Pauline on 01429 891 444 or


organisations are part of the Family Relationship Network

staff receiving development and support

parents directly benefitting from our relationship work

hours given by our helpful volunteers to support relationships in Hartlepool

local families spoken to through community work and research