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Child Maintenance: International Perspectives and Policy Challenges. An ESRC International Research Seminar Series

ESRC: Economic and Social Research Council
Nuffield Foundation

We will be delivering a series of six seminars on child maintenance obligations funded by the ESRC and hosted by the Nuffield Foundation. UK and international experts on child maintenance policy will present papers exploring a range of key issues on the financial consequences of parental separation. The series will provide a rare opportunity to focus intensely on evidence from across countries as well as facilitate the involvement of key policy actors in the UK (including experts from third sector organisations and government departments). The seminars will help advance knowledge and understanding of the different policy approaches and challenges in dealing with the financial consequences of parental separation and family breakdown. They will also explore data sources and measurement issues to help improve comparative analysis.

The seminar series will open up debate on the tricky problem of the financial obligations of separated parents and the role of the state in meeting children's needs. It aims to facilitate further comparative research and scholarly activities, build capacity among international scholars working in this area and promote the newly formed International Network of Child Support Scholars (INCSS).

ESRC Award: ES/L000792/1


ESRC Child Maintenance Seminar 3 - 27 June 2014 - Delegate photo

Key people

Principal Investigator

  • Co-Investigators Professor Heikki Hiilamo (Finland)
  • Professor Hrefna Friðriksdóttir (Iceland)
  • Professor Dan Meyer (USA)
  • Dr Sirin Sung (Queens University Belfast)
  • Caroline Bryson (Bryson/Purdon Research)
  • Janet Allbeson (Gingerbread)

International Network of Child Support Scholars

Find out more about INCSS and how you can become a member.

Seminar schedule

Spring 2014

First principles: comparative legal frameworks and public attitudes - Further details

Summer 2014

Gender and social change in developing regions: managing obligations to children in separated families - Further details 

Summer 2015

Poverty and child maintenance: interaction with social assistance schemes and problems of measurement - Further details

Autumn 2015

Divorce and Separation: New models of professional practice to support parents  - Further details