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Family separation research continues to have impact

Posted on 7 July 2016

Christine Skinner's research on 'Guiding parents through separation' contributes to Resolution's strategic planning

Family matters research booklet cover

Working with Resolution (the national organisation for family law professionals), Dr Skinner (picutured centre below) ran two exclusive workshops in London on the 9th and 22nd of June. The workshops considererd how Resolution can take forward the learning from the research study 'Family Matters' and embed it into their future policy strategies and training plans.

Family matters workshop delegates

Paticipants at the workshops which took place at Woburn house London: Left to right, Patrick Daniels -  Resolution training lead: Claire hunter -  family law practitioner and Resolution member; Ida Forster, project manager Resolution: Dr Christine skinner, Reader in Social Policy, University of York: Jane Wilson, Executive Committee Member Resolution Board: Hannah Nicholls, Resolution member: Nigel Shepherd, Chair Of Resolution.

'Family Matters' was a co-production research project funded under the ESRC's Impact Acceleration Account. Skinner says:

'It such a privilege to work with Resolution and to combine our receptive skills and expertise to help improve family law services for families going through separation and divorce'.

International Exchange: Academics from Melbourne and York join forces to explore child maintenance

Dr Christine Skinner and Dr Kay Cook are dubbed the 'premier research duo' in the RMIT magazine following their successful application to the RMIT Foundation International Research Exchange Fellowship. The fellowship will facilitate exchange visits to allow Drs Cook and Skinner to work collaboratively on child support policies in the UK and Australia to understand more about both the pursuance of and non-compliance with child maintenance payments.

SPSW will welcome Dr Cook as a visiting fellow for three weeks in July and Dr Skinner will visit the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies RMIT, Melbourne, Australia for two weeks in December 2016.

They both formed the International Network of Child Support Scholars with Professor Daniel Meyer from the USA and are very excited about the opportunity to work more closely together. Skinner says:

'This exchange fellowship is just marvellous, it will help bring a fresh perspective to UK social policy issues around family separation and it will support SPSW's reputation for international scholarship'.