‘Sorting Out Separation’ – app from DWP

W4MP had the following request from the DWP this week and we are happy to publicise this useful new app.


We launched the Sorting Out Separation web app in November 2012. It’s had 1000’s of visitors so far and some really positive feedback which we are really proud of.

We’re embedding the Sorting Out Separation web app on websites that parents already use to make the service as easy as possible for parents to access. Many MPs already have the app on their websites and we’re keen to get the app on as many more MP websites as possible as we know that constituents often go to their local MP’s website for support during the difficult time of separation.

The Sorting Out Separation web app is part of the Government’s Help and Support for Separated Families initiative, designed to coordinate expert support services to help parents work together to achieve what’s best for their children. It also incorporates the online hub outlined in the Family Justice Review. See more information on the app attached.

Alongside this we have also this week launched a video which signposts people to the Sorting Out Separation web app. The minute-long video follows a boy’s journey from childhood through to adolescence and adulthood, showing the positive parenting of both mum and dad at every step of the way. The video aims to raise awareness of how working together benefits children and where to find support and advice through the Sorting Out Separation web app.

Here is a link to the video so you can find out more: tinyurl.com/vidSOS

Visit www.SortingoutSeparation.org.uk today


Introducing the Sorting out Separation web app

…a quick and easy way for you to:

• help your clients access support on separation

• show your commitment to helping parents work together through separation

• help parents collaborate for the benefit of their children

How can I support parents in one simple step?

***Embed the Sorting out Separation web app TODAY!***

• It’s easy and only takes minutes

• It works on any website

• Visit www.SortingoutSeparation.org.uk and click on “EMBED” in the bottom left corner

• Follow the simple step-by-step instructions

• You can easily change the colour, size and location to suit your website

• OR you can insert a link to the web address above.

NEED HELP? Contact sortingout.separation@dwp.gsi.gov.uk and we can talk you through or provide technical support.

What is the web app?

• The first place to look for anyone needing help and support after separation.

• An interactive tool that signposts bespoke help and support.

• Includes helpful videos and information on:

   – Children and parenting – Housing

   – Relationships – Work and benefits

   – Health – Legal and money

Who else is on board?

• Over 150 organisations are already signposting parents to the great support on offer, including:  Money Saving Expert; BBC Eastenders;  Mumsnet; Wikivorce; DAD.info; Bounty; 4Children; Gransnet; Marks & Spencer; Relate; Family Lives and many more…

Join them and show your support today.


Latest version of DWP reforms communications toolkit now available

W4MP has previously publicised the DWP reform communications toolkit, which explains the context behind welfare reforms and provides an overview of all the changes that DWP will be delivering over the next few years.

The latest, updated version (dated 10 June 2013) of the toolkit is now available on the DWP website.

More detailed packs, such as the Personal Independence Payment toolkit and the Universal Credit toolkit for partner organisations are also available online to support you in your work.

Please contact the DWP stakeholder team if you have any questions or feedback on the reform communications toolkit


Commons Library Subject Specialsts

The Commons Library produces loads of research papers, many of which are available for all to see on the public parliamentary website here.

If you work for a Member and have a detailed enquiry, it may help to speak with a Commons Library subject specialist. There is a comprehensive list on the intranet here.

Education Loan Boxes for schools in your constituency

This sounds like an exciting project from Parliament’s Education Outreach Team
who are looking for help from Members and their staff in promoting it.
Read on to see how you can help schools in your area get involved.
It’s first-come-first-served….

Parliament’s Education Service has a new range of debating themed loan boxes, which will be available for schools to hire free of charge from 16 September 2013. The contents of the loan boxes have been designed to promote pupils’ investigations into the work of Parliament through interactive role-play and discussion.

Designed specifically for Primary, Junior and Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools, the loan box scheme seeks to encourage children to take part in Parliament style debates, using the resources provided in the boxes.

Each loan box each contains various tactile objects, key items of costume, sounds and images to help schools set the scene for their very own parliamentary experience; groups will even be able to create their own debating chambers with the large backdrop images provided.

Support materials and lesson guides are included for teachers and classroom support staff, with suggestions for additional activities and ways to encourage children to become active citizens.

Parliament’s Education Service will commence advertising this new scheme to UK schools in the next few weeks but we would welcome your assistance in promoting this opportunity to friends and colleagues working in Primary and Special Schools in your local areas.

Please be aware that applications for loan boxes must come directly from school staff and loans will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis; loan periods will typically last for 6 weeks per booking. Loan boxes will be delivered and collected, free of charge, to any school location across the UK.

All enquiries should be directed to Teachertraining@parliament.uk or you can call Parliament’s Education Service, Outreach team, on 0207 219 4647.

Sexist internet Trolling – What it is, and how to combat it

Thursday 13 Jun 2013, 15:00 – 16:00.  Attlee Suite, Portcullis House

The Diversity and Inclusion team welcomes Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor of the New Statesman for a talk with Q&A, on sexist trolling on the internet, to complement events in the run-up to Parliament Week, which this year focuses on women and democracy, and how to increase participation.

Helen Lewis has been writing about internet “trolling” and online abuse for 18 months. She will talk through the scope of the problem, what motivates “trolls”, the challenges they present for news websites and forums, and what can be done to tackle them.

All welcome to attend, for further details please contact Anne Foster on x1412 or email diversity@parliament.uk.


W4MP has requested that information from the meeting is made available to those not able to attend the meeting.  If this happens we will bring it to you via the w4mp website.

What is the Parliamentary Current Awareness Service?

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Here’s one you can’t afford to ignore: the Parliamentary Current Awareness Service.  It’s available on the intranet here.

Go on – have a look now!

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Feeling a bit more pampered now? Good!