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About the Kids Come First project

Kids Come First was set up in 2015 with a clear purpose to deliver specialist support and training to separating or divorcing parents. Our mission is to focus primarily on the needs of children who are experiencing the family breakdown process.

What lies at the heart of Kids Come First is the principle and belief that by helping parents cope well during this difficult, emotional time – indirectly, we help children cope better too! Parents who attend our workshops not only benefit from specialist support but also our unique, customised, child-focused training program. With our practical guidance parents discover how to work successfully towards co-parenting beyond the divorce process.

Founders of Kids Come First, Steph Fattorini and Nicola Withycombe, worked alongside parents at various family mediation services for many years and were responsible for delivering a Cafcass training program to parents directed by the Family Courts.  Listening to the voices of many brave children and distressed parents struggling to deal with family breakdown issues, it became all too clear that there was a desperate lack of therapeutic support readily accessible to separating parents and too few early intervention options available before the situation reached a hostile impasse.

So in 2015 we set about writing our parenting training program and making a difference for families.

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Contact us on 07789497275 or email

About our Co-Founders, Nicola & Steph

Nicola is a professional adult trainer who has worked  with separated parents since 2010. She is also an accredited civil & commercial mediator (Member of Society of Mediators). With her extensive corporate background in global marketing and company management, she deals with all day-to-day business of the Kids Come First C.I.C. project.

“I’m passionate about the power of communication and the mediation process. My approach is to deliver person-centred, mindful support & early intervention guidance for separating parents to encourage new perspectives on how to deal with family transitions.”

Steph is an accredited BACP therapist who works with children, adolescents, parents, adults and couples at her private practice in SW London. She has worked with children since 2005 and has extensive experience working at a mediation service dealing with parents who are separating & divorcing. Providing a calm, safe and empathic space, she seeks to increase all her clients self-awareness & self esteem, boosting confidence and helping them understand past influences.

“I use a wholesome and organic approach tailored to the needs of all our clients”        

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