Round up of recent research – Seventh Family Justice Bulletin
The Ministry of Justice has published its seventh bulletin, reviewing and providing links to recent research into family justice issues (the last bulletin was published in December 2015, so this one is quite long!) Most of the research reviewed has already been mentioned in previous FMA newsletters and bulletins, but this is a chance to brush up on what has been happening over the last 2½ years and there may be something new for you lurking in there!
The private family section includes MoJ reports on a nationally representative Legal Problem and Resolution Survey, intended to provide robust quantitative evidence on the resolution of family justice problems, as well as the Varying Paths to Justice Study, published in December 2016. It also includes research undertaken by David Marjoribanks at Relate, which highlights the challenges faced by families going through separation and re-emphasises the need for a coordinated, effective and authoritative system of support. Of particular interest is the Department for Work and evaluations of support for separating parents as part of their ‘Help and Support for Separated Families’ initiative. Mediators may also be interested in Adrienne Barnett’s research presenting important findings in relation to professional and judicial responses to domestic violence in the family court.
For the full bulletin, see https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/706672/family-justice-bulletin.pdf