Nuffield Research on Contact to Children in Care during Covid 19 crisis

New research project: Understanding how children’s connections to birth families are being managed during social isolation and lockdown – 3rd Apr 2020 https://www.nuffieldfjo.org.uk/news/childrens-connections-families-social-isolation The research team is looking for families and practitioners to share their experiences of maintaining contact between children and their birth relatives during the crisis. This could be social workers, guardians, contact…

Have some more contact please

I am often asked whether it is possible to force the non-resident parent to have more contact than they seem to want. It is always possible for parents to agree together whatever contact arrangements they think are suitable.  It quite often provides a welcome break for the main carer if the other parent takes up…

Equal parenting time

A questioner asks me whether I have experience of fathers getting anything like 50/50of parenting time. The short answer is yes, but this, of course, does not do justice to the question. Over 15 years in practice, I must have seen just about every permutation of time division between separated parents from zero to 90%…

Taking it out on the children

The Independent reports on a father who has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his 4 year old son. He also attempted to murder his 14 year old daughter, seemingly in an act of revenge against his wife who he had discovered was having an affair. Most parents don’t take things…