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About Kids Come First® 

Kids Come First was ‘born’ 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 and rights 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 emotional time and difficult transition – 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.

The co-founders of Kids Come First, Steph Fattorini & 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 for almost a decade.  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 all across the UK.

Kids Come First® are members of Resolution, a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way.

Contact us on  07789497275 or email:

About the Co-Founders, Nicola & Steph

Nicola is a professional adult trainer who has worked  with separated parents since 2010.  She is an avid researcher of all aspects of separation and divorce including family law and the judicial system. She enjoys studying philosophy and psychology of human relationships. Nicola is an accredited civil and commercial mediator (Member of Society of Mediators). With an extensive background in global marketing, as well as project and company management, she deals with the daily business of Kids Come First C.I.C

“I’m passionate about the power of communication and believe mediation is a force for good! By delivering person-centred support and bespoke guidance, I aim to encourage new perspectives on dealing with the family transition process.”

Steph is an accredited BACP therapist working with children, adolescents, parents, adults & 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 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”        

For more information about Steph please visit her private practice website:

Polly is our Kids Come First ‘pawsonal’ assistant who, sadly, is often far too lazy to respond to any emails or run office errands! Oh well…it’s a dog’s life!

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