The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has published the findings of a rapid research project commissioned to understand how contact between children and their birth families was being managed following the coronavirus lockdown and what help and guidance was required by professionals and families.


The study, which focused on children who are in care, or who have left care to be adopted or to live with kinship carers or special guardians, also aimed to investigate what works in relation to digital forms of contact, and to consider whether digital contact may continue to be a valuable option for keeping in touch with family members outside of the lockdown period. Researchers from the University of East Anglia used an online survey and interviews to collect responses from a range of professionals, carers and parents, but did not collect responses directly from children and young people.


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