Gingerbread study on child contact in separated families

12 March 2009

Gingerbread’s study ‘I’m Not Saying It Was Easy’ presents the results of a qualitative study of 41 separated parents (27 resident and 14 non-resident) in the UK, focusing on their child contact arrangements and support needs.

The report’s authors suggest that the stereotypes of ‘deadbeat dads’ and ‘obstructive mums’ that perpetuate in public discourse around separated families need to be challenged.

And they stress that UK public policy must pay more attention to helping separating and separated parents – arguing that where couples manage the process of separation and agreeing child contact without recourse to the courts (as they do in the majority of cases) this does not by any stretch of the imagination mean that they and their children are without support needs.

To read the report, download it from the ‘Related Documents’ section below.

 

 

Gingerbread study on child contact in separated families

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