Understanding the lives of separating and separated families in the UK

Posted on 8 June 2017

Lack of data on the lives of separating and separated families is hindering effective policymaking for children and families

Understanding the lives of
separating and separated families in
the UK: what evidence do we need? Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation has just published a new report, whose authors include Professor Kathleen Kiernan (pictured below) of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work.

The Nuffield Foundation news article explains on its website how 'Families are central to social policy, but research and policy has not kept up with the pace at which family structures have become increasingly diverse. Alongside this, we have seen a cessation of a number of key surveys and the narrowing of some administrative data sources as state services have become more rationed or targeted'.

Professor Kathleen Kiernan

The report, seen above and a summary of which can be read here, Understanding separated families - Briefing paper (PDF  , 387kb), presents findings from a study to establish the evidence needs in relation to family separation in the UK, and to assess whether the existing data infrastructure is sufficient to meet them.