The Centre for Separated Families


12.07.11 – For immediate release


Charity welcomes Government response to child maintenance consultation

Commenting on the Government’s response to the consultation on 'Strengthening families, promoting parental responsibility: the future of child maintenance', Nick Woodall of the Centre for Separated Families said:


'At the heart of these reforms is a philosophy that families, themselves, are best placed to determine what arrangements will work best and an intention to encourage the involvement of both parents in their children’s lives after separation. We believe that the proposals are not only progressive but will bring better outcomes for children.'


'The Government says that fundamental to its approach is the recognition that families’ needs around separation extend beyond issues of financial support such as child maintenance. We believe that this change is long over due. For too long, family separation has been dealt with as a purely financial issue.'


'The proposals don't prevent parents from accessing the statutory system, they simply encourage them to work together wherever possible. For those parents who can't make private arrangements, the statutory scheme will continue to be accessible and subsidised.'


'All of the evidence shows that the ongoing involvement of both parents after separation brings better outcomes for children. We know that this isn't always possible, but these reforms will help parents to work together to take decisions that are in their children’s best interests'.


'The Government is looking at co-ordinating support to parents after separation. What we want to see now, is the Government developing the kind of respectful services that will help both mums and dads to work in a collaborative, business-like way around their children's needs.'





Notes to the editor:

Strengthening families, promoting parental responsibility: the future of child maintenance – public consultation


The Centre for Separated Families provided both written and oral evidence to the Committee.


The Centre for Separated Families is a national charity working with and on behalf of families experiencing divorce and separation in order to bring better outcomes for children.


The Centre offers information, support and advice to mothers and fathers, whatever their parenting status, and has a range of innovative education programmes to support co-operative parenting.


The Centre for Separated Families works with Government and other agencies to help deliver best practice in services delivered to separated families.


The Centre has a research programme and aims to inform and influence public policy through this and its direct work with families.


The Centre for Separated Families worked with the Department for Work and Pensions in helping to create the Child Maintenance Options service.




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