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The PATCHES Project

About the project

Providing effective support to families where parents are separating can make a critical difference to children’s lives. Although there is some understanding about the different pathways of support that families use, much less is known about the experiences of separating families themselves. This project aims to understand the experiences of family members, in their own voices, so that policies and services can be improved to support families. 

Research Team

University of Bristol: Jon Symonds (PI); Eleanor Staples (Co-I); Heather Ottaway (Co-I); Esther Dermott (Co-I) and Emma Hitchings (Co-I)


Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (2021)

Project website: The PATCHES Project