separated parents

Evaluation of child poverty pilots: delivering improved services for separating parents

In September 2009 the Government commissioned this evaluation, to be conducted by a partnership of the Tavistock Institute for Human Relations, Bryson Purdon Social Research (BPSR) and TNS-BMRB.

Breaking up is never easy: separating families' advice needs and the future of family justice

Report that looks at family breakdown issues in context of the Government’s Family Justice Review and reforms to family legal aid. By analysing evidence from issues presented to bureaux, this report finds that there is a growing “advice gap” in relation to family problems. The supply of information and advice to separating couples, especially from legal aid, is declining.

Firm foundations: shared care in separated families - building on what works

Report that sets out Gingerbread’s and One Plus One’s understanding of shared care in post-separation families. It examines the impact on children of shared care arrangements, factors that enable it to work successfully and the policy levers that could help encourage shared care.

Building bridges? An evaluation of the costs and effectiveness of the Separated Parents Information Programme (PIP)

The Separated Parent Information Programme (PIP) is the first nationally available parent education programme for parents involved in litigation over contact and residence in England. The programme is a Contact Activity, introduced by the Children and Adoption Act 2006 as an additional tool for courts to facilitate contact.

Child Maintenance Options

Website of the Child Maintenance Options service which contains information and resources designed to help parents make informed choices about child maintenance.

Impact of family breakdown on children's well-being: evidence review

This review investigates the impact of parental separation and divorce on children’s well-being and development. The review incorporates evidence concerning family breakdown, and its consequences, in the context of understandings of ‘the family’, ‘breakdown’ and the ‘well-being’ of children and young people, and includes research relating to both married and cohabiting parents. ‘Well-being’ is defined as incorporating children’s mental, emotional and physical health.

The Centre for Separated Families

Website of the Centre for Separated Families, a national charity concerned to achieve better outcomes for children affected by separation by engaging in activities such as research and partnership working.

Report on the child maintenance white paper, " A new system of child maintenance"

Document containing the UK Government's response to the fourth report of the Work and Pensions Select Committee : child support reform.

Support and Information for children affected by imprisonment

Key points from this briefing are presented. Every year in the UK, more children experience a parent’s imprisonment than a parent’s divorce. Prisoners’ children suffer from many problems as a result of the imprisonment. Talking to children and young people about imprisonment is not easy and is a significant source of stress for parents and carers. A number of resources are increasingly available to help explain imprisonment to children and to give children and young people the information they need.