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Christine Skinner chairs international symposium on separated families and attends family law reception at House of Lords

Posted on 20 May 2016

Dr Skinner continues to move research and policy forward with two international events at London and York

Christine Skinner

Baroness Tyler of Enfield in association with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and Relate invited Dr Skinner to the House of Lords reception to celebrate and promote interdisciplinary and international collaboration in family law education, practice and dispute resolution.

Christine joined other leading academics and guest speakers at the lively event, sharing ideas and  debating family law matters. The AFCC is an interdisciplinary association of professionals in 25 countries dedicated to improving the lives of children worldwide through the resolution of family conflict, and is a leader in family court innovation and reform.

Also in April Dr Skinner (pictured centre in main photo of event above) chaired The International Symposium: Separated Families - International comparison of policies supporting parent and child well-being, at The University of York.

Christine Skinner

The event brought together an international network of child support experts to collaborate in the design of a programme of new research on ‘comparative child support policies’ and to consider the feasibility of creating one large research funding bid for the ESRC.  Researchers came together from the US, Finland, Australia in addition to experts from The Department of Social Policy and Social Work at York.

Main photo: International academic experts on child maintenance polices on separated families - From left to right: Dr Laura Cuesta (US), Dr Kay Cook (Australia) and Professor Dan Meyer (US), Dr Christine Skinner (UK), Professor Heikki Hilamo and Dr Mia Harkovita (both from Finland), Claire Casha from Malta, a PhD student and Dr Antonia Keung a lecturer, both colleagues of Dr Skinner in The Department of Social Policy and Social Work.

Other symposium members who did not appear in the photos include: Anne Corden - SPRU, University of York, UK, Dr Tina Haux - University of Kent, UK and Nicola Moody, Research Development Officer, SPSW, University of York, UK.